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Backsides…

So you’ve seen lots of painted cards by now (what? you missed them? check out the gallery here), but maybe you’re wondering… how does the WRITING side look? Yup, I usually forget all about that side, but perhaps it’s important to you, since that’s the side you’re writing your sweet, sarcastic or sassy thoughts on…

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so write whatever message you like. Today I’ve been thinking about my friend, Beth, way out in Colorado. IMG_E9221

Just write your note with a pencil or ballpoint pen, pop it in the envelope provided and hand deliver. If you decide to mail your card, please remember to put it in a bubble envelope or padded envelope, available at the post office, & mail as a package. These cards are fragile, real wood & one of a kind.

Have fun & happy connecting with all those people you’ve been thinking about-


Come on down…

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Vintage-Twisted cards at The Pink Geranium & Co

829 W. Northwest Highway – Artifactural Furniture Building – Barrington, IL.

Go get yourself one.


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new hand-painted wood cards.

real wood, real paint, write a note with a ball point pen on the back & pop it in the mail with a standard stamp.

available here next week.

 

 

 

 


What? Wood Cards? What’s that?

A few years ago I found some wood cards from Cardtorial at the Renegade Art Fair in Chicago. I love this card so much, I have yet to send it. The wood is a great weight and I just can’t get enough of wood.

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How cool is a wood card?

I’ve been checking out wood samples everywhere, trying different mediums with the wood, sizes, shapes and Hurray! The best art medium/wooden card combo is also my favorite thing thing to do- paint.

 

Here’s my favorite so far:

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hand-painted sugar skull on cherry wood 4×6

This one’s off in the mail, with a letter written in ballpoint on the back and a single stamp. I’ll post more when they’re done.

What do you think?


HURRAY!! … for painted furniture & suzanis



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Finally, at this exact moment, all the kids are back to school full-time and I get to paint again!

In case you’ve forgotten, I paint furniture. I almost forgot, too.

Yup, it’s been about 9 months, but Kyle is now back in school full-time after his grueling recovery from hamstring release surgery. So, what was I working on again?

I’m painting this sweet little table with Suzani inspired medallions & trim.

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Suzani inspiration.

If you haven’t run across a suzani yourself, it’s a type of embroidered and decorative tribal textile made in Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and other Central Asian countries. “Suzani” is from the Persian سوزن Suzan which means needle. The art of making such textiles in Iran is called سوزنکاری Suzankāri (needlework).

Suzani fabrics have become popular lately- I’ve seen traditional antique suzanis used on modern pillows, furniture, wall hangings and also reinvented in art and textiles.

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This one is felted art by Maryann Quinn.

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Mixed media work by Kate Lewis– graphite, acrylic, oil, and pen on canvas.

I, of course, am besotted with the old, faded, handmade, slightly off-kilter originals like these:

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American Idol + SpongeBob = …

… a seriously happy 8 year old.

I’m playing hooky from the studio today… Luke’s home sick from school.

Having only one or two days a week to work, I feel guilty not being there. But what’s a better excuse than snuggling & watching really bad TV with my biggest fan?

 

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sugar skulls continued…

It seems my obsession with sugar skulls has no limits.

Right now I’m working on two- this pink canvas with a steel gray sugar skull that has undertones of this really pretty green:

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and this dark gray table. I haven’t started working on his face yet- do you think he’ll be sweet or sinister? Hmmm.

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I’m not through with those sugar skulls, either. What about a bright, multi-colored sugar skull on the charcoal gray? and black? or some crazy muted colors on white, deconstructing, layering, repeating in patterns? and I’m dreaming of another trip to the National Museum of Mexican Art, right down there in Pilsen.

And yet, still thinking & preparing for what’s coming next. Do you have pictures of your favorite tattoos to send me?