Creating a False Deckle Edge on Paper

If you have ever had the experience of seeing a really old document, you may notice that the edges look kind of ragged.  This is what is called a deckled edge.  It is called that because the uneven edge of the paper is formed by the part of the paper mould called the deckle, whichContinue reading “Creating a False Deckle Edge on Paper”

Working Title for the Unsuccessful Print

In my last post I talked about a print that was not successful and asked for feedback. One comment I just absolutely loved from my friend Julie was she was struggling with what the girl was holding and thought is was a broken golf club. I busted out laughing and decided that will be theContinue reading “Working Title for the Unsuccessful Print”

An Unsuccessful Print

It is important that I share my work that does not come out as planned as well as the work I am happy with. Let’s face it, for every good piece of work, artists (I know this is true for myself) make a few crappy ones.  Sometimes I just rework the same thing and otherContinue reading “An Unsuccessful Print”

New Tools, Yahoo!

Not long ago after getting tired of sharpening my lino cutting tool every three seconds and still not having it sharp I decided “Enough!”   I have been cutting with the same old tools for 30 years and had gotten used to their quirks so much that it never even occurred to me to look forContinue reading “New Tools, Yahoo!”

Process of Making an Artist Book

Several months ago, I watched a wonderful video called Between the Folds which went into great and surprising detail on the art of paper folding, also known as origami. The video covers way beyond what we traditionally think of and even gets into how the art form is also being used by scientists to study complicatedContinue reading “Process of Making an Artist Book”

Basic Plant Identification: Part 2

It has been a while since I have seen this flower and I could not remember what it was.  Since it was plentiful I dug one up and examined it.  The base reminded me of an onion type plant:  white, bulb like, with thin green leaves coming from the base. But the flower was notContinue reading “Basic Plant Identification: Part 2”

Basic Plant Identification: Part 1

A few weeks ago when I was talking about my love of sidewalk weeds and identifying plants, some of you had written to me saying you wanted to learn more.  In my last post on this topic we talked about some characteristics of plants but I was unable to show examples due to the timeContinue reading “Basic Plant Identification: Part 1”

Stickwork Installation

It was great fun to work on this installation in progress at Davidson College with artist Patrick Dougherty.  I will take photos of the finished work but here are some of the work in progress. My handiwork consisted of wiring pieces together (see last photo on right) and helping to move stuff. The wiring wasContinue reading “Stickwork Installation”