30 May 2011

The Making of Seeded Postcards

Today I set up a make-shift paper studio at in my parent's carport. 

I made seeded postcards with seeds from Moonlight Micro Farm.

After couching one sheet of green paper, I use a sifter to evenly spread the seeds across the surface. 

Then I couch another sheet on top, to sandwich in the seeds, and use these sprout forms to create embossments. I cut the forms out of cheap foam sheets. 

Then I use this handy press my dad built for me. When working with seeds, you don't want to use a hydraulic press; too much force will crush the seeds and they will not sprout. 
After the paper dries, all I have to do is cut the cards out. Ready to send!

To grow soak in water for an hour, then place on top of soil, outside or in a pot. Within five days, you should have a little crop of sprouts to eat. 

These cards are available on my Etsy!

26 May 2011

Seed Faces

Today I listed some seed faces. Seed faces are recycled paper pulp forced into a doll face mold, then stuffed full of organic, heirloom eatin' sprouting seeds!
I first bought the mold with faces, hands and feet for a art project. Later when I was making seed bombs, I found it again, and decided to try these with seeds. Here's the original project.

You can buy some seed faces on my Etsy!

11 May 2011

Here is some neat art work that is currently drying in the studio. They pigmented some pulp blue, rolled it out into large sheets, make some selective tears, then painted bleach on.

08 May 2011

As you may or may not know, I am a senior at the Kansas City Art Institute. I have been using the papermaking studio there for two years, and have fallen in love with the process. In a week, I will graduate, and my access to the studio will end. Because of this I have been collecting papermaking supplies of my own. I have vats, molds & deckles, felts. What I really need to make high-quality, sellable paper is a hollander beater.

A Hollander beater grinds fibers between rotating metal plates, making paper that is smoother and stronger than pulp prepared in a blender. Also, blenders are only sufficient for recycling papers or using linters, but a Hollander beater can also process plant fibers and cloth.

The beater I have chosen is the Little Critter made by Mark Lander. It costs about $2000, which is astronomically cheap for a beater. He has a vision to provide affordable beaters to papermakers all over the world!

You can help me by making a donation. If you donate $20 or more, and I am able to buy the beater, I will send you some paper gifts!

Watch it in action!

Thank you!

07 May 2011

 I set up a booth at the Kansas City Art Institute End of the Year show. In Printmaking, we usually have a Bazar to sell excess prints. My paper was a big hit!
My abbreviated booth. 
Phyllis was really excited about her transaction. 

06 May 2011

05 May 2011


Today I'm sending off my first sales tax checks for the craft fairs I've been at the last two weeks. I feel so legit.

02 May 2011

Lawrence Art in the Park went great! Despite being a bit chilly, there was a great turn out. 
I printed my new Maneki Neko block on the spot!

Thanks to all of those who came out!