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2008 Wins

  • One of 44 artists selected for the Quilts for Obama  exhibit at the Historical Society of Washington. The exhibit will open on Sunday January 11, 2009.  Here’s a sneak peak:
Close up from my Obama quilt for the show. The  name of the Quilt is "And so there is hope.  There is Hope."

Close up from my Obama quilt for the show. The name of the Quilt is "And so there is hope. There is Hope."


  • Finally completed the blue prints for the big Blog and website move.  You will see improvements soon.
  • Was the focus and featured artists of two news stories about my work
  • Took three new workshops in encaustics and printmaking and met a number of fabulous artists



    • Regularly kept my sketchbook and experimented more with COLOR and new media
    • Invited to become a member of a wonderful critique group that I cannot wait to get started with
    • I went to my studio everyday (even if some days all I did was to  lay in the floor and take a nap)

    Goals for 2009

    I did a little research on the number nine.  I learned that some believe that 9 holds the energy of attainment and completion and that with closure we are faced with renewal. We all know that there is no ending without a beginning.  As I mentioned on the UrbanWildflowerBlog here is to a renewed passion for art and creativity.

    • Get out there and enter more shows!
    • Complete the big blog and website move
    • update my mailing list
    • get new post cards made of my work
    • meet more fun artists!
    • Draw everyday
    • Continue to work on printmaking (this is the year of experimental screenprinting and monoprinting for me)
    • Continue to play with encaustic and in acrylics (though not necessarily in the same piece!!!)

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    Here is another example of a block I did using the xerox roll up technique. Several of you have written to me to ask about the steps involved. I will describe below with the assumption that you have some experience with printmaking techniques (please note that other than silk screen, I had very little experience!)

    First, the image


    As with the image below I printed on canvas. I like the added texture and graininess that canvas adds to the image. I have not decided whether I will keep the border on the finished piece or not. Maybe I will cut it down. I don’t know yet. Anyway, here are the steps I learned to create this image.

    1. Make a copy of a personal photograph or copyright-free image. Enlarge the image if you choose.
    2. Cover the back of the copied image with a light coating of gum arabic and attach it to your plexi-glass plate (make sure that your plate has beveled edges before you run it through the press).
    3. once you have attached the copy to the plate cover the front of the image with a light coating of gum arabic.
    4. At this point I have a bucket with a large sponge on my printing table. I also roll out my ink making sure it has a nice swishing sound when I roll it out (I know, not scientific but what can I say!?)
    5. Take the sponge and squeeze water on the image covered with gum arabic. Blot the water with the sponge.
    6. Starting in the middle of the image (not on the edge where it will tear or lift the image) begin to roll ink over the copy.
    7. ALternately squeeze water over the image, blot and roll ink until you begin to see a build up of the ink. Then you are ready to print.
    8. Follow necessary procedures to protect the press before you are ready to print.

    I learned this technique at the Atlanta Printmaker’s Studio from Terri Dilling. Hope I have answered your questions!

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    I can’t believe that we are already at the end of February. Luckily it is leap year this year or I would have missed posting in February completely. Couldn’t let that happen. February is my birthday month (Feb 19th) so I always hate to see it go. I

    For the last 8 weeks I have been thoroughly enjoying the printmaking class I mentioned in an earlier post. I have been experimenting with inks, dyes and paints to create images on cloth — usually canvas. A number of these images will find their way into larger pieces. For now, they are just blocks. My work in printmaking has been specifically focused on monoprint techniques. In particular, I have done inkjet transfers, xerox transfers using wintergreen oil and a technique called xerox roll up. Xerox roll up is a faux-litho technique that uses gum arabic, water, oil-based inks and color xeroxes. In the first example I manipulated a found photo of some ancestors. I have already begun to sketch out the project I want to build around this image. In the second example I used color copies of Michelle Obama and my own mixture of blue ink to print these images on canvas.

    Michelle Obama Xerox Roll-up Image

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