I think that I have truly fallen in love with printmaking. I fear that if I don’t get this under control, I may begin to hand stamp my lovely children. My poor husband leaves for work this week with white walls in the bedroom, and the poor man is coming home to a decorative stenciled border that I just couldn’t get enough of
I have played with freezer paper stencils in the past to reuse some of the children’s stained shirts, but this level of using fabric painting, hand carved stencils, and experimenting with creating my own lino-block stamps is all new ground. The possibilities seem endless as to what can be done, and how much can be enhanced with printmaking.
A very good friend of mine recently bought her first home, and as I was trying to think of what to get her for Christmas, I thought of how difficult it has been for her this past year, living away from her home town, in a place that she loves, but that has never truly been home.
I thought of her friends, who I know love her and miss her (as do I), when I made her stationary to call her own. The letters that she will write, and the time honored tradition of a personal note, that can be enjoyed.
I thought of her home, and it’s need for storage and care when I made her this bag. I thought of her beach gear being stored in the summer, or her hats and mittens in winter. Hanging from a hook at her front door, as a reminder that she is making this house her home.
What fun it was to combine so many different mediums to create a special gift for a special friend.
Combining so many different things together makes me feel as though there are endless possibilities for the same design, or project, or piece to be made differently each time. The more I learn about new mediums, techniques or ways of crafting, the more I feel a little bit more in control of how I can approach anything that I choose to create.
Yep, the possibilities are endless