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Visiting Prickly Pear Paper

A lot has happened since my last blog post. I traveled from Oregon to California to Arizona to New Mexico to Oklahoma to Kansas to Colorado to Utah to Nevada and back to Oregon. It’s been a bit of a whirlwind of driving and visiting with very little time for art along the nearly 5,000 miles we traveled.

Prickly Pear Paper in Gilbert, Arizona.

I did find time, while in Arizona, to visit a wonderful little paper shop where they both make and sell paper products. It’s called Prickly Pear Paper and it’s a letterpress and design studio in addition to being a retail store. They’re part of Barone, a craftsman community in Gilbert, Arizona.

They have their letterpress in their shop.

Prickly Pear Paper started in 2016 by Lauren Elliott and Mark Johnston. They envisioned a business that combined their love of graphic design with fun, adventurous stationery that makes people smile. I think they accomplished their objective.

This Arizona map is one of the best sellers in their shop.

In addition to what they have in their shop, they also offer custom design and printing services for businesses, events, weddings, announcements and personal stationery.

Prickly Pear Paper in Gilbert, Arizona.

BTW, I purchased the adoption card that is sitting on the letterpress in the second photo. And if you can’t make it to Gilbert, Arizona, you can check out their website: Prickly Pear Paper.

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – Happy Valentine’s Day Cards

My studio time this week has been minimal as I have been working on cleaning and organizing my garage (lots of art supplies stored in there), and locating all my tax records. I have had time to package and put together a few Happy Valentine’s Day cards.

Happy Valentine's Day cards

Happy Valentine’s Day cards

As usual, my cards are 5″ by 7″ and fit into a standard 5″ by 7″ mat or frame.

Happy Valentine's Day cards

Happy Valentine’s Day cards

These cards are prints of an original gouache and ink piece I did on Arches cover, a printmaking paper.

Happy Valentine's Day card

Happy Valentine’s Day card

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – December 1, 2014

I can hardly believe it’s December already. Today I’m working on my annual Holiday Card. I used to make completely handmade cards for the holiday that took me weeks to make. I’ve changed now to sending cards with family photos. I design the cards on the computer and insert a family photo. Below is the one I’m working on for this year.

Once I put my family photo into the white place holder, this will be my Holiday Card for 2014.

Once I put my family photo into the white place holder, this will be my Holiday Card for 2014.

Enjoy, Candy

Napkin Fold Card: Part One

My first attempt at a napkin fold card.

My first attempt at a napkin fold card.

About a year ago, my friend Nancy showed me how to make something called a “napkin fold card”. Last month, I saw some more she had made and was finally inspired to make some for myself. I still had the template from a year ago, but I had misplaced the instructions that went with it. In a way, this was actually fortunate, because it made me to think for myself rather than follow the instructions of others. As a result, my napkin fold cards have a feel of simple elegance to them that is more in line with my style than some of the highly decorated napkin fold cards out there.

Wishing you a day of little treasures & simple pleasures. Happy Birthday. The sentiment is from a stamp.

This is the napkin fold card open. It says,” Wishing you a day of little treasures & simple pleasures. Happy Birthday.” The sentiment is from a stamp.

I needed to make a sympathy card and decided that a napkin fold card would be perfect. Of course, since I’d been wanting to make this card, any excuse would have been enough to get me started. And, like most of my art projects, I couldn’t stop with just one. Once I had gone to the trouble to figure out all the dimensions (I started with a 8″ x 8″ piece of paper) and gone through my paper scraps, my studio was filled with lots of colorful papers and they wanted to be used.

Loving the paste papers with the bright yellow.

Another napkin fold card closed. Loving my paste papers with the bright yellow paper!

Napkin fold card open. This is the sympathy card that started my adventure.

Napkin fold card open. This is the sympathy card that started this adventure.

Napkin fold card open. I'm thinking Halloween here.

Napkin fold card open. I’m thinking Halloween here. The center is a stamp hand-colored with watercolor pencils.

Silver and blue napkin gold card closed.

Silver and blue napkin fold card closed.

Napkin fold card closed. I'm thinking holiday colors here.

Napkin fold card closed. I’m thinking holiday colors here.

Napkin card open with stamp, Thinking of You!

Napkin fold card open with stamp, “Thinking of You!”

I will post instructions, along with more examples of these cards, next week. I have so many more ideas for these cards.

Until next week, Candy

Check out Napkin Fold Card: Part Two (with instructions)

Personalized Thank You Cards

This was quickly done on a 3" square of watercolor paper with a black pigma pen and watercolor pencils. I left it in Sharon's guest book.

This was done quickly on a 3″ square of watercolor paper using a black pigma pen and watercolor pencils. I left it in Sharon’s guest book.

I have recently returned from two-plus weeks of vacation, which included a week-long calligraphy and bookbinding retreat. While on vacation, I made personalized thank you notes for my friends who helped me out during my travels. Unfortunately, I didn’t remember to take photos of all the thank you notes I made on this trip, something I will certainly do for future travels. But here are the ones I did take photos of.

I created this thank you in the form of an apron (because Susan loves aprons) using a collage technique that Susan demonstrated. The patterned paper collaged on to the apron is a piece of scrap pattern paper that Susan had covered with sumi and acrylic inks. The apron strings are dental floss (I used what I had available).

I created this thank you in the form of an apron (because Susan loves aprons) using a collage technique that Susan demonstrated. The patterned paper collaged on to the apron is a piece of scrap pattern paper that Susan had covered with sumi and acrylic inks. The apron strings are dental floss (I used what I had available).

Elizabeth demonstrated a book design that required a template that she gave me. I made a tiny version and included the tiny template inside this thank you cars.

Elizabeth demonstrated a book design that required a template in order to make the book. I made a tiny version of the book and included the tiny template I made to make the book inside this thank you card I gave to her.

This is not actually a "Thank You", it's more like a keepsake I made for myself.

This is not actually a “Thank You”, it’s more like a keepsake I made for myself.

My vacation is over. I am rested and inspired. My next project will be making paste papers, which I make every summer when it is hot and the paste papers can dry fairly quickly. I will be trying out my new (to me) garage for doing my paste papers. Lots more space than I’m used to. I can hardly wait! I’ll be posting my progress here on my blog. Stay tuned.

Enjoy, Candy