Printmaking Monday

Took my first printmaking class since high school this semester. Here is my first linocut project. I used the brand "Easy-to-cut" linoleum, which actually lived up to its name -- I cut myself quite frequently while working on this. Definitely would recommend this over anything I've used before, especially for other beginners.

Below is my first piece 8 by 10 (I scanned a test print so the ink tone is not too great but you get an idea of the design). Came out okay. I was a little disheartened when I remembered the old man didn't have a fishing pole in the book which is sort of key to the plot but... oh well, my rendition. I don't really like the wood grain on the boat and I would change other things if I redid this.

Below is my pen and ink drawing I made this weekend to transfer to a copper plate for my first attempt at etching.
I was channeling Beatrix Potter. I etched into the plate today. It doesn't look quite right so we'll see how it compares to my original sketch. If I can get this to work I'd love to do a bunny series -- the plate I'm etching into is only 3 by 4.


Don't you dare come between waffles and me!

I finally spent an hour sorting through a stack of 1940's Better Homes and Gardens magazines. I scanned a few of my favorites -- what do you think? I was under the impression that a lot of styles in this magazine weren't popular until the 50's

(March 1948 Cover)

Cute country design, this looks so eclectic, hard to believe this is from the 40's.

This room design is fantastic, it's my favorite I think -- maybe it's just the chairs.

Just picked up some similar yellow chairs but I've given up on finding that table. The color scheme here is great too.

Cute Jack and Jill bathroom!! Also check out the wallpaper-- how ridiculous!


Monday's are my favorite

Here are 7 little treasures I picked up today during my Monday adventure:

1. picked up 20 vintage wooden hangers for $1
including one hanger stolen from a New York City hotel

2. I gave a home to a lot of unwanted retro fabric

3. found a free Smith Corona Corsair portable typewriter in aqua

4. loved reading the deranged poetry found in said typewriter
written by a middle schooler in the 1960's named Chrissy according to the title page

5. found a pair of deadstock blue leather booties from France
(actually I got a lot of deadstock boots which will be making an appearance on my Etsy soon)

6. bought a set of eight Jeannette black and yellow graphic "Beverage Tumblers"
..finally piecing together a kitchen set that actually matches my dining set

7. elephant apron
a patchwork elephant playing with a butterfly always makes me smile