Friday, August 20, 2010

The Art Is In The Cards

One of the talented members of ARTAA, Francelise Dawkins, recently demonstrated to the group her method for creating art cards to sell at gallery shows.  The results were so dynamic that I decided to try my hand at making them using Francelise’s techniques.
I began with note cards purchased at Target; I chose brightly colored cards with coordinating envelopes, since I thought they would complement the colors in my wall quilts.  I printed photos of the quilts onto matte photo paper and sized each one so that approximately one-quarter inch of the card stock would frame the picture.  The photos were adhered with rubber cement; each card was then hand-signed, and a label was attached to the back.
The cards have a much nicer look and feel to them than the ones which I had previously printed directly onto card stock; the quilting stitches are much more visible, and the variations in the hand-dyed fabrics show up nicely as well.
These art cards are available for sale at my Etsy shop; please drop by for a visit.  And do check out Francelise’s beautiful fiber art here and at her brand new shop, Feenex, located in Saratoga Springs.
And, as always, my thanks for taking this fiber art journey with me.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

I'm a Shop Owner!

Citrus Grove, 12" x 12", ©Diane Evans
I’ve heard so many people talking about the terrific web site, Etsy, and the wonderful handcrafted items that are available there.  So, after some enjoyable exploration and a purchase or two, I decided to open a shop of my own.
My plan is to offer many of my small creations (such as the one pictured above) for sale on the site, and I’m discovering that it’s a fairly easy process to post the items.  An added benefit is that I’m learning to use my camera more effectively, since photos of the pieces are such an important element in the presentation.  My Sony CyberShot and I are getting along pretty well, and I’ve found that a tri-pod is an invaluable assistant.
Please stop by my shop for a visit; the link is here.  And, if you find something you'd like to purchase, I know I'll be sending it to a good home.


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