2011 Lunar Calendar giveaway: katazome on kozo

I rinsed my 2011 lunar calendar today. Not-hurrying gave the colors a chance to cure. Not hurrying is always a wise approach.
To rinse these, I floated them in  shallow water in the bathtub, front-side down (just 2 at a time). After about an hour, I drained the water, and then gently placed them face-up in the tub. I poured water from a pitcher over the top surface to rinse all the rice paste residue away. I did not touch the paper with anything other than the water. Finally, I placed them face-up on a towel to air-dry. The operative word here is GENTLY.

Here are the results:

Below is a close-up of the bottom portion (a wee bit darker image). The ampersand in July is my way of calling attention to the extra NEW moon that month (formerly I said blue, I meant NEW.)


Layers explained:

  1. Paper: handmade Japanese Hosokawa kozo, from Wet Paint Art in St. Paul. Final size of print: approx. 9×22″
  2. Rice paste for the letters, numbers and moon grid – one stencil.
  3. Light blue for the background (e.g. behind the rabbit). Colors consist of watercolor paints thinned with soy milk, rolled on a gelatin plate and transferred to the paper by placing the paper on top of the plate, and gently rubbing with my hand to ensure contact.
  4. Rice paste for the image of the rabbit.
  5. Three more layers of dark blue.
  6. Some hand painted highlights.
  7. Layer of burnt sienna on rabbit, from a cutaway of the original gelatin plate.
  8. Two gentle mistings of soy milk, drying in between (not sure this was necessary).

To enter the giveaway, please post a comment below, consisting of three words or phrases that best express your intentions for the new year. I will choose one winner at noon CST on Valentine’s Day and add a comment to congratulate the winner. The rest of the prints (9 of them) will be added to my shop over the weekend.

Here are my three for year of the rabbit: take notice, explore playfully, loosen my grip …

Good luck!

Happy New Year – Katazome giveaway

I’m starting the new year with a giveaway designed to grow my email list and blog subscribers. Enter for a chance to win the 10×64” katazome (stencil-dyed) runner pictured below. The runner features my garden-inspired Meadow Rue pattern. It’s 100% linen, made from a reclaimed linen damask tablecloth, and is hand-dyed with natural pigment dyes in graduated green, teal and indigo tones. I brush the dyes on in 3 separate coats, drying the work between each coat.

To enter, please complete one of the following tasks by midnight January 15, 2010 (your time zone o.k.):

  • Join my email list to receive occasional updates (4-6 per year) about events, art fair participation and my online shop. (The sign-up form is  directly below my Etsy shop info in the center column.) Please enter the word “giveaway” in the Code field along with your info. You’ll be required to confirm your subscription by responding to an email. OR …
  • Subscribe to the RSS feed (upper right, next to my bio), and then leave a comment on this post letting me know you did so.

NOTE: If you already subscribe to my RSS feed or email updates, to be eligible for this giveaway please leave a comment on this post letting me know!

The winner will be selected at random (via random.org) and contacted by email on Monday January 18th.

Have a creative and peaceful new year, and good luck!

folded runner
runner detail


Katazome Snippets for Free, Pasque Flower

I would like to offer a few free Katazome snippets from my previous experiments. Toss it in your fabric scrap stash, add a small bit to your exquisite quilt, embellish it, sprinkle water droplets on it to see how the soy sizing acts as a kind of scotch-guarding, put a patch on your denim motorcycle jacket, etc. Please email me with your mailing address and I’ll send a sample to the first 5 people who respond. It will go out in the mail on Monday April 20 after I return from a brief vacation down river!

We were surprised to come across this beautiful pasque flower on our evening walk at Lake Como. The City of St. Paul and the regional water district folks have been improving the shoreline since we moved in almost 12 years ago . There is a show of blooming and ripening plants, mostly perennials native to the “edge of the prairie,” from mid-April through mid-October.

Pasque Flower