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A bit of news, a bit of inspiration, a bit of new work... a bit random, a bit blogish. “bits” is where it all hangs out.

November 2011

presenting...

 

New and just in time for gussying up all your Black Friday and Cyber Monday gift purchases… Pam Nudel's cut paper tree design on wonderful gift wrap from f13 licensing partner, DesignDesign!

This colorful, contemporary wrap is part of their eco-kind Green2 line. Happy wrapping!

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screen + ink + squeegee = mess x happiness

 

So I mentioned all these classes I'm taking lately. Voilà! My first screenprint… a little portrait of my new friend, Claude (aka The Featherduster).

I snapped his fine form on my iPhone one night and could see the ultimate print in my mind's eye immediately... such a great, graphic black-and-white shape!


I did the art and color separations in Illustrator. One of my classmates saw the inkjet print-out I had as a color reference for mixing my ink. She asked, "Why do you even bother with the hassle of screenprinting when your inkjet looks so good?" The truth is, I love forcing myself to surrender to the unpredictability of the manual printing process. Screenprinting, like other traditional media, is so maddeningly hard to control. I pulled about 25 prints of Claude and only the very last two or three were anywhere near decent. I had all kinds of glitches from the start…. The transparencies I printed to burn my screens weren't lining up properly, setting me up for all kinds of registration headaches; my teacher accidentally poked a hole in one of my screens so I had to crop the image a little differently than planned; strange spots and blurry areas appeared with each new pull, every one requiring a small adjustment.

An earlier pull… perfect registration on his ear! But wait, what happened to his nose?! And his jawline? Not to mention those spots on his ear that never went away.
 

In the end (top image), his nose finally printed solidly, but I had to compromise on the registration (nose won out over ear). I also never got perfectly clean, solid coverage. But that's what I came for… the mess, the inability to fuss over every pixel, the opportunity to tell my inner perfectionist: "It's okay."

I highly recommend it!

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baby, it's cold outside!

 

I don't know what the weather's like in your neck of the woods, but here in San Francisco it's beginning to feel a lot like winter... the perfect atmosphere for contemplating this year's holiday greeting! We have some great new designs available in our Cardstore.com collection, including these two snowy beauties. 

We're also delighted to let you know that Cardstore now offers free shipping or free postage, standard on all orders, everyday!

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mmmmmmMexican chocolate cookies

 

Feeling inspired by a bag of Mexican cocoa powder I've had in my pantry, I concocted these little morsels over the weekend and I have to say they are pretty amazing! You can find the recipe here. I hope you'll give them a try and let me know what you think!

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green greetings

 

I've been meaning forever to share these two super birthday greetings from February 13 Creative, produced by Design Design as part of their beautiful Green2 line. 

February 13 Creative's Wish Dandelion and Cut Paper Birthday Banner, available where awesome greeting cards are sold and online at the links above, via Gallery 19. The dandelion design is also available in a boxed set of 16 blank notecards!

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