Thursday, January 31, 2008


The beginnings of my passion for silhouette began during morning and evening encounters with stunning backlit tableaus displayed by nature: A tree against pink dawn skies. Or an old barn, falling apart, revealing a fiery sunset through it's cracks and crevices.

Later, I discovered that what can't be captured by a lens can be painted in ink. Jan Pienkowski is the best I know of. He guards his illustrations ferociously. Few are to be found on the internet, but here are a few:

I first encountered him through Fairy Tales and The First Christmas. His books first motivated to me to try my hand at my own illustrations. I've since discovered Karin Dickel-Jonasch as well:

But though these great artists have done wonders with black and white, my mind holds things they have never put to paper. I intend to produce those things in due course. Sneak peek:

Monday, January 28, 2008

Friday, January 25, 2008

Venice in the works

Latest lantern in the works: Venice. Basilica San Marco has been my biggest challenge to date. MUCH artistic license was taken. The building is positively encrusted in statues that I was not prepared to try and replicate. I think it's prettier MY way.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Business Cards

I have been handing out too many handmade business cards lately: white paper print-out logos glued to unevenly cut cardboard rectangles, with a hand written email address on the back. Charming, but. . . I think it's time for an upgrade. Here are a few I have whipped up thus far, yes, in order of personal preference:

A. Fairy Lantern Business Card. The image is of my favourite lantern, and the colours make me happy.

B. Lily Square Business Card. One of my ink prints in miniature. Such a sharp looking card. No colour, just design.

C.Yellow Poppy Business Card. Happy colours, but it's not my image. Just one off the internet. Very pretty, but not a sample of my own work.

D. Lily Circle Business Card. My own ink print, but soooo girly. Different font too.

What do you think?

There is always the option of printing a few styles and handing them out where they best suit. And I have endless possibilities to try yet, but I wanted to share my business card debut.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

"Providence Rhode Island" Lantern

The Commission: To capture Providence's, "great buildings, or images reflecting it's dynamic street scene..." A special request was made to incorporate the building Tazza occupies, the City Hall and dancing people, as seen in my previous "Foss Hill" lantern. "Good energy," apparently.

Colour Scheme:
And I quote: "Pratt and Lambert poppy petal orange walls, chocolate brown velvet settees, with pillows of dupioni Como silk in tibetan orange, gold and snap pea green, fern green linen tablecloths, and brick red cotton velour drapes."

"Tazza" LANTERN in the works. . .

Some ribbon, some tiny details, some sealer and I will be done!

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

ETSY buy: Leather Journal

I fell in love with these journals for so many reasons. First, paper makes me happy. I can't have enough paper. Even if I just hold it and smell it and never use it. Second, this one was yellow! Such a buttery, delicious yellow. Third, it feels good to buy from Etsy and this girl has talent. Check out Myhandboundbooks.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

"Foss Hill" Lantern

This latest is a second order from the same woman who I made the Memories of Michigan lantern for. She wants me to make one for her best friend's birthday. They went to Wesleyan University together, and she wanted me to capture the campus. Here it is: