Oh boy oh boy! After struggling to get this done locally, I eventually enlisted CatPrint to help me with my zine printing! I wanted to make a small zine to commemorate the Living Spaces show, and I'm excited to actually have them in hand. It looks great! The extra special thing: I'm guessing that they print slightly more than what is ordered, just in case one of them is missing or messed up in some way. That way, they don't have to set up a job a second time? I wonder this, because I got a few extra copies of things! Instead of 25 zines, I ended up with 28, which is great because I haven't had much luck trying to trim the edges with my dull blade....
While I was ordering the prints, I saw that they have holographic cardstock! I couldn't resist... I got some 3.5x5" holographic cards made up with my artwork and they are my favourite thing right now. I chopped them up into individual baseball-sized cards to bring along with the zines.
I am seriously considering taking a bunch of them, mixing up all of the pictures, and dividing them into packs of five. At the show, I could sell them in small trading packs! You won't know which ones you'll get, but it would be a very cool ice-breaker to trade them with other visitors at the show! Especially since public events tend to be a bit... nervous and awkward, with some standing and snacking and what-do-we-do-now expressions.
I'm not sure if the gallery would be cool with exactly that, but it's worth a try!
I've begun to struggle a bit with my personal deadlines. I upload 3 videos a week at specific times and today's was a bit late because I insisted on finishing two paintings last week for some reason. And this one was tricky to boot. Watercolour ground on a black-primed canvas! I was saying that my youtube channel is quickly turning into a "Will It Watercolour?" channel.
I was feeling a little last-minute second guessing regarding the number of paintings I have ready for the upcoming artshow. I had about as much artwork as I did the first go around, but the first go around still seemed slightly sparse to me, so I added a couple more just now. When your artwork is so small, for storage and shipping reasons mostly, it's harder to fill up a wall or two.
In other household news, I guess I'm sleepy these days. We're not doing much that is fun (summer exploration has come to an end, sadly!), but the caterpillar is still munching on leaves and pooping. The cats are forcing themselves to get along so that they can share body heat on the couch. The calamondin has burst forth with new leaves this week. It usually gets confused when I bring it in for the summer. Last year, it flowered like crazy and filled the apartment with so much pretty floral scent that we could hardly breathe. This is fun, too.
Last week, a coworker found me a pretty serious looking Woolly Bear caterpillar and of course I took it home. It decided it liked to eat a very particular kind of maple-looking leaf, and I thought things were looking great. But then he didn't eat anything for a few days and I was immediately crestfallen. The last time a caterpillar refused to eat his host plant, it died and I felt very inadequate about it.
But Bear has picked up his nibbling again, and judging by the near-lack of orange stripe, he is probably due to molt... you know... 6 or 7 times. Sometime. It's been tricky trying to find his preferred leaf. I have found two trees so far that grow them. There are SO MANY TREES around that look like maple trees but have subtle differences in the leave shape that I hadn't noticed before.
I am learning so much already.
I only have a couple of days off this week, and it's been busy! 3 orders to be completed, packed and shipped. And then I'm trying to get the art videos done (at the last minute again! augh!). Plus, trying to keep the apartment from falling apart, and hunting for maples... I'm about pooped.
I returned attention to the show zine I was working on. I liked it at first, and then I didn't, and now it's looking pretty swell again. I ran into some problems trying to get a sample printed at Staples. Turns out, if you upload JPG instead of PDF they shrink the file. And since I'm probably not going to be paid for my time on this zine, I'm not really keen on trimming all of these borders in addition to folding/cutting/binding!
So I'll try another set using the PDF file. Hoping it will work out better this round, because the paper feels quite nice and the images look very sharp.
Hello! I'm Melissa, and here you'll find some behind-the-scenes footage of an artful life. Won't you join me?