A gift for christmas

One of my sisters in law loves quilting. She is very good. This year I was her secret santa for Christmas and as usual, I was wondering what to give her. In my case, I love when somebody gives me things for art because it’s something I enjoy doing. So thats what I did. I gave her a double side original handmade stamp and a piece of cotton fabric that I printed with her new stamp. (I also gave her a gift certificate for a store where they sell tons of fabrics). I think that way she can create her own original designs too. Here are some images.

Una de mis cuñadas, le encanta el acolchado (quilting). Ella es muy  buena en ello. Este año me toco ser su amigo secreto (como lo dirían en mi tierra) en la navidad y como siempre estuve debatiendo en que regalarle. En mi caso me encanta cuando me regalan cosas de arte, porque es algo que disfruto haciendo. Así que termine dándole una estampa de doble cara con diseños originales y tallada a mano y una pieza de tela de algodón impresa con su nueva estampa (también le dí un certificado de regalo de una tienda donde venden infinidad de telas). Creo que de esa manera ella puede crear sus propios diseños originales también. Aquí algunas fotos.

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Have an amazing day! ¡Qué tengas un día maravilloso!

Nora

Linking to Paint Party Friday

Imprimiendo flores

Éste es un bloque de impresión que hice ya hace varios años, para ese entonces no tenía pintura para imprimir, sólo tintas para estampar. Ahora que ya tengo el material me puse a imprimir varias hojas para ver que tal se veían. Ustedes me dirán…

This is a block that I made a couple of years ago, but at the time I did not have printing ink, just stamping ink materials. Now, that I have my printing ink, I printed several sheets of paper to see how they will look. You tell me…

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Have an amazing day!

Nora

Playing with paper clay and pastel chalks

I while ago I saw a journal on pinterest. This lady used on her work paper clay to make texture on her page. I loved the idea. I wanted to use it on my paintings and it had been on my head for more than two years. I finally bought paper clay and used it on a small wood board canvas. Just playing and having fun. I don’t know if I have mentioned before, but: I LOVE TO EXPERIMENT. If I see something new, I imagine how it will work on this or that way or with this or with that thing… anyway, to bad i’m not rich, if I was, i’ll be very poor right now because I will be buying new stuff to try new techniques. ;) Anyway (again), here is what I did. I used paper clay, matte medium (just in case did not stay on the canvas), let it dry for few days, then I used pastel chalks and acrylics. I do like what I see so far… What do you think? (still work in progress).

For now I’m going to go and visit our friends from Paint Party Friday, which I have not visited in a loooong time.

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Have a wonderful day!

Nora

Our Christmas postcard

My daughter wrote a letter to her friend that suddenly moved to Miami. She has been missing her a lot, so I told her I will find her friends new address. She was so happy. She wrote and also made a family drawing in her card. I loved the drawing. (She has been making family drawings since she was around 3 years old, she soon will be 9). I have been saving them as much as I can. Now in her illustrations she includes our dog,  Guapo that has been with us since June of 2012. I could not let the drawing go, so it end up becoming a new stamp, that also end up being our Christmas postcards for this holiday season and soon will be delivered.

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That’s the way the mass production goes and this is the way my desk looks.

Linking to WOYWW, and Paint Party Friday, places that I haven’t

visit in a looong time. Go check them out!

Have an extraordinary day!

Nora

finish… I think

I left this lino block unfinished a while ago, finally I’m done with it. The problem was that the weather was a bit cold, so it was harder to carve. I did put it several times on the microwave to make it soft. Here the first tests. Ya hace algún, deje mi bloque de lino sin terminar. Ya lo termine por fin. El único problema fue que el clima estaba algo frío y hacia que fuera mas difícil carvar. Lo puse varias veces en el micro para ablandarlo. Aquí la primeras pruebas. linored linored2 linored3 linored4 linored5 linored6

printing with my son

My little six years old helped me printing some post cards. We had fun and he loved doing  it. As much as I tried to find time to do art with my kids, seems that school, the house, homework, etc., always get in our way and I end up not having patience to teach them or they don’t have patience either. This time just he and I were working.

Mi hijo de seis años me ayudó a imprimir algunas cartas postales. Nos divertimos y a él le encantó. Por mas que quiero encontrar tiempo para hacer arte con mis hijos, parece que la casa, tareas, la escuela, etcétera siempre están de por medio, y termino no teniendo la paciencia para enseñarles y ellos tampoco para escucharme. Esta vez sólo mi hijo y yo trabajamos.

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