Friends came over for Bear Tooth pizza and growler beer on Saturday and rather than let the kids plug in the Wii or a movie after dinner I wanted them come into the studio to create some fish prints. The last time I used the “squishy fishies” was in January. I’ve been meaning to play with them this summer…where does time go?! The fish molds are from Acorn Naturalists and a few are part of the Gyotaku kit. Here is a link to a Gyotaku or “fish printing” video. I had the kids make fish prints on paper and after getting the desired image we printed onto blank note cards. I decided to further embellish my note card prints with water colors. Our young friend P screened the fish head on the front of her cards and the tail on to the back! They looked really good when the kids used the pearlized acrylic paints.
It’s been a busy water color week in the studio. I’m still working on the children’s illustrations and am so happy with how they are turning out I may consider creating matted prints and note cards from the designs. I need to figure out the details of the production flow and scanning, printing etc. if I publish them for a wholesale market -details, details, costs, and more costs! Below is the latest illustration which is about 8” x 10” and called “Moose over the Moon.” It was supposed to be “The Cow Jumps Over the Moon” (play on the word cow –as in a female cow moose) but after it was done I remembered that Cow Moose DO NOT have antlers! –DOH!