September 21, 2012

A week in Paris

And this is where I lived....
My Favorite things about the apartment (aside from it's amazing location in the heart of the most beautiful city in the world) Was its 

These Monkey candle holders were kind of awesome too

But the most incredible thing was spending and sharing the week with the entire family!

September 19, 2012

Size Matters!

More and more these days I get asked: 
"I love your ________ print, but can I get it in a different size?" 

At first I wasn't sure how to answer this question.  

I realize most people do not really understand the process of screen printing.  I would say the majority of prints sold on places like ETSY are computer generated prints.  They are usually high res scans of an original illustration that are saved in a computer and when someone makes an order they can be resized at a push of a button and the computer will spit it out on on high quality archival paper.  

Well, screen printing doesn't work like that.  For me to create an printed image I need to take a piece of silk that is stretched over a frame and expose a negative image of what I want to print.  This process in itself is an art form - I wrote a blog about it a few years ago if you want to see some visuals you can click HERE

Once I have a screen made, the size of the image is pretty much set.  The final printed image is created by me hand pulling the paint through the screen.  This process makes each print unique.  My favorite part of the silk screen process is lifting up the screen and seeing the printed image left on the wood or paper.  It's like magic every time! 
If you would like a bigger size print - changing the image size is a bit of a  process, however changing the size of the background is easy.  This gives the illusion of a bigger piece of artwork even though the actual image stays the same.  For example, below is a picture of Lock-bot the dancing robot.  He is the same size on both prints but the panel on the right is 9"x12"  while the panel on the right is 8"x10".

Sometimes a background illusion isn't enough and someone wants a significant size change.  For this I finally have an answer.  

The answer is YES! I can make custom sizes, for an additional fee.

September 13, 2012

7 days left of summer... Make them count!

So you may or may not have noticed that I've been lax on blog posting this summer.  I'm not apologizing for this, in fact I'm embracing it! It's still summer (at least for 7 more days) and I'm still on summer vacation!

Okay, I will admit, I WAS feeling a little bad/guilty that I had forsaken my blog for days at the beach,  nights out with friends and a little trip abroad (details to come once summer is over and I resume regular blogging) But then, over coffee this morning with a new friend and inspirational  blogger (check his blog out at: Runner12) I realized that summer is the time to try new things, forsake some responsibilities and to just enjoy.

So even thought the kids are back in school, the days are already getting shorter and the stores are stocked up on halloween gear (ugh some even with christmas decor) I'm still in summer mode and until the equinox, I'm going to take full advantage. What are you going to do with your remaining week of summer?!

Summer Fun Original Water Color Print by Water Colors or Else on ETSY

September 12, 2012

Fun Color Combo

I just printed a custom request for an orange and teal Giraffe and Calf.  Love the color combo!
Choose your own colors at