Friday, March 20, 2009

In honor of the first day of spring...

Here's the new DC print, DC Love III! I'm doing 2 versions of this, because I thought it would be fun to make some of the prints with pink blossoms, but pink kinda clashes with red, so half will have pink blossoms and half will have the red umbrellas. I really like how they came out, and I've already done a custom save the date based on the design, but with a different couple and no umbrellas. There's also a matching moleskine for this design!

Soon, I will probably be offering custom services on my etsy shop. Here's the image for the custom save the date I just finished today (I took out the type though)!

I'm thinking of adding an option to customize an existing design, and another option for a completely custom print. Custom prints will be giclee, not gocco or screen printed since there is a finite supply of gocco materials to be had at this point, and because I really don't have the screen printing thing down just yet. I thought I would by now, but I'm really not used to having to screen print in a home environment which is where my studio is now, and I don't feel comfortable selling screenprints until I can effectively complete the project! I'm really only used to printing with equipment like a vacuum exposure table and a powerwashing booth, and neither of those things really fit into the bedroom I've been allocated as my studio space, at least until we have more than 2 kids and then I'll have to move into the room behind the garage. At least at this point that scenario includes about 2 more kids than we currently have (which is none), so I'm not too concerned. Honestly, Devin was such a sweet, calm and well mannered kid (from what his family has told me), I'm not sure he would want more than one kid if that one kid turns out like me as a child (my mother says this to sum me up as a child: "people thought you were darling until you opened your mouth"); I'm not sure he could handle it.

Anyway, I bought a new pigment printer today, and I'm very excited about it! It's an HP Photosmart Pro B8850. It has a sister printer, if you will, but it was a bit more money for some features I don't really need. I did almost buy it because it takes thicker sheets of art paper, but what really sold me on the 8850 was that it has a sleep mode which helps keep the printerheads from drying up between uses for people who won't be using it very frequently. And since each print is pretty costly to make, I probably won't be using it terribly often. I was looking at an Epson for a while, but kept hearing they have a lot of issues with ink cartridges not reading correctly, and one guy who said he didnt figure out that his printer was defective in reading the new cartridges until past the 30 day money back time, so all epson would do was send him a used refurbished model which he had to pay for shipping on. No thank you to that customer service. I already have a million headaches with customer service between my crap verizon fios and my adt security system (the cats keep setting off the "pet proof" settings. now there's a way to getting acquainted to a new neighborhood: be the people standing in their pjs in front of the house with the cops on a saturday morning. I don't think we'll ever live that one down, honestly. But the neighbors now at least seem to think we're interesting, and I always say, better to be crazy than boring- which is probably mildly ironic, given this long winded blog entry).

I'm also going to some shops this weekend in the hopes of one or 2 of them carrying my prints and notecards. I hope they like me! And, I reprinted San Francisco Love in grey, and I think they came out really well! They remind me of what it might look like if there was morning fog over the bridge.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Let's try this blogging thing again...

So, I have obviously been remiss in updating this blog. And, as any of my college suitemates, my sisters or my husband will tell you, I usually have a lot to say. But never fear, just because I haven't been updating here doesn't mean I've been doing nothing! Since my last post, I finished the Boston and DC Love II prints which I'm really happy with. I also reprinted Paris Love in blue and a special small edition of gold, and NY Love in gray. I'll probably do another print of NYC later in the spring; I'm thinking somewhere in Central Park. I have to go up for my sister's graduation from NYU in May anyway, so it might be a good time to scout out a good scene! This weekend I'll also be reprinting San Francisco Love in gray, as long as I can get my custom order screen printed first.

Here's the first draft of my current custom job, an 8x10 screen print as a wedding gift for a couple who are getting married in a few weeks at Dromoland Castle in Ireland. I'll probably also put in a couple with umbrellas in normal clothes and make a small print of it for the shop as well. While looking for pictures of the castle, I was wondering why Devin and I had not seen Dromoland ourselves since we flew into and out of Shannon airport on our 2 week honeymoon in Ireland and Dromoland is so close. I kept finding pictures of Bush speaking at the castle in 2004, the year we were married, and then I remembered: Bush flew into Shannon the day we were leaving and I suppose he went straight to Dromoland. So I'm thinking perhaps that's why, because the highway towards Shannon was filled with those scary sniper dudes with big guns, and they probably weren't letting the general public into Dromoland during his visit. Not to mention, being a DC area native, I'm quite used to motorcades and presidential security, and wanted nothing to do with it on my vacation! I just thought it was a funny coincidence. Anyway, I like how this is coming out, so I may decide to start offering this option for a larger custom screenprint in my Etsy shop! I know I would have liked such a thing for my wedding, although since I'm the one making it, perhaps Devin will get something like this for our upcoming 5 year wedding anniversary! We've been together a total of 11 years now, which seems strange considering I'm only 28, but life sure does go by fast.

I also just finished a design based on my DC Love II print for a very sweet girl's save the date cards. I think those save the dates will come out wonderfully, and it was a really good idea on her part! I changed the colors to match their wedding colors, and added yellow tulips along the edge to get more yellow accents into the drawing. It really hadn't crossed my mind to do something like that before, so I really enjoyed working on it!

Anyway, I'm also working on wedding invitations for a friend of mine, and my sister is getting married next year so I'll have a LOT going on with that! I tend to get lots of crazy ideas and overextend myself trying to do all of them, but I feel confident we'll come up with a few cool things for her wedding. And, I'm trying to get some of my prints in some local shops, so hopefully very soon you'll be able to get some of my prints and perhaps some city love notecards and moleskins in the DC/Alexandria/Arlington area very soon!