Posts Tagged ‘art cards’


take-time-to-smell-the-roses-Mo16“take time to smell the roses” Mo16
Cecil Brunner rose from one of our gardens dried in one day on the dashboard of the van, grape vine tendril, lichen, emu feather, glass & clay beads, linen and red Gütermann upholstery thread, parchment circa 1812, laser cut wood star from Els of Fiber Rainbow, Moulin de Larroque handmade watercolour paper, 5H graphite, white gouache
nextthe bench is clean and ready for whatever wants to happen next, a gathering of fresh grape vine tendrils from one of our gardens, lichen fragments & those banksia integrifolia seeds with black boar bristles and beads from back in January
PS the lichen needed to be opened up
that’s better
take-time-detail-Mo16sometimes it’s easier to see these things through the once remove of the confuser screen…

Quality Control

Posted: November 22, 2015 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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quality-controlabout a quarter of the hand deckled cards have ink smudges where the edges caught on the printer head
smudge each smudge is being turned into a life size sketch of Actinotus minor
detail funny how the cards with the tiny sketched flowers make more sense
process I have finally started to love my inner critic after 60 years, she keeps my edges honed & the work honest!

it’s the Silly Season!

Posted: November 20, 2015 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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xmas-card-15webIt’s the Silly Season, the temperature is soaring & the xmas card is well under way. Each year we send out 150 cards to customers, suppliers, friends and family (you can see the past 23 years of cards here) Settled on the Moab Somerset Museum Rag 300 gsm for printing the photo of Actinotus minor mounted on hand deckled Canson Stonehenge bright white 245 gsm printmakers paper, the red stitches in the corners in the pic on the right were fun but superfluous.
Started very early this morning so all the card backs were ripped to size, hand deckled and printed by lunchtime, here’s some pics in process
xmas-cards-in-processthe bone folder to score and rip the edges
xmas-cards-in-process-2test print for font & size
hand-deckled-edgesmoothing down the deckled edges with a moist bone folder
ready-to-cropall the card backs are printed inside & out & photos are ready to crop & mount
it's-a-productionit’s a production but that’s enough for today, it’s Hot!
cool-oasisthe garden is a cool oasis
Kangaroo-PawKangaroo Paw at midnight

sampling-paper2 sample boxes of inkjet papers from Moab & Red River arrived yesterday, loaded the ICC profiles and tested all the matte papers for the xmas card
these are the sort of decisions I enjoy making!
next day… the Moab Somerset Museum Rag 300 gsm won hands down, just ordered 2 boxes
need to tweak the colour in the photo file & do some more test prints, then it’ll be time to go into production, we send out 150 cards each year!
the 4 images in the lower row show very slight adjustments in brightness and contrast… that red thread needs to be redder….

Actinotis-minor-(Lesser-Flannel-Flower)-Mo-15Actinotus minor (Lesser Flannel Flower) Mo 15
a day of sampling inkjet papers in house and tweaking the scan in Photoshop to get the colour balance & detail right
have ordered some more inkjet paper and card samples which will arrive early next week, the xmas card is coming together!
processthere were no Flannel Flowers available at the wholesale nurseries on Tuesday or at the Flower Markets on Thursday
so I bought a bunch of gumnuts and a couple of allium flowers for fun
holes-Mo15drawing helps me understand what’s going on…

another hopeful thing

Posted: November 5, 2015 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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Actinotus-minor-Mo-15-webanother hopeful thing Mo 15
Actinotus minor flowers, Brugmansia suaveolens ovary, grape vine tendril, emu feather, lichen, passionfruit vine tendril, vintage lace, clay bead from Africa, Bangalow palm inflorescence, linen & silk thread, Moulin de Larroque handmade watercolour paper, Japanese Abaca paper, 3H graphite, Golden Titanium white acrylic, and black ink
more hopeful things with feathers here & here