Deliveries, printing, paint and Captain Rupert goes to the pub!
While Captain Rupert enjoys the frosty mornings and the warmth of the late morning sun, I have been busy battling with cello wrappers packing up orders for cards all the orders are of to some lovely garden centres and farm shops. Every now and then I glanced over to the end of my desk and get tantalizing by glimpse's of the painting at the end of my desk.
The painting had been drawn out for ages onto the lovely creamy water colour paper and I have not been able to wait to start with the first stage of laying up the paint. I find some times that when every thing is busy its hard to know where to start first, but its great when things finally begin to get ticked of the to do list.
All my paintings start with a yellow base I use this as a way to work out where I would like the lights and darks to be. I used to only use yellow ochre, I now use lemon yellow as well to give a brighter more vibrant finish. I only use a very limited palette, of the printing primaries, plus a dark mauve or dark blue. I layer the colours up on the paper, so no mixing in the palette at all. Experience gives you the ability to know what colour will make when washed over the last layer. I find it a complete joy to lay a blue over a yellow and get green, or a magenta (Pink/ red)over lemon yellow and to get red. Its like magic seeing the colours change like a magic painting book. It is a very involved way of working but
Captain Rupert has been enjoying a hectic social live going out for tea yesterday afternoon. Well actually he was a model in a children's art lesson I had been teaching. He gets paid in carrots! We then both met K and his Friend in a local pub I don't normally go to the pub and let K have a boys night out every week or so. Captain Rupert was very excited about going to a pub and did not want to miss out to be left in the car as he had been never been to a pub before. He enjoyed chatting up the girl behind the bar, but turned his nose up at beer and crisps so luckily he came prepared with his own box of of good old hay.
We are so pleased that everyone liked his stamp so much, Captain Rupert is very chuffed with it too. Yesterday we received a delivery of very smart stickers all bearing his stamp and are looking forward to putting them proudly on all the envelopes and packages we send out. And maybe the invitations to his next party.
Yesterday too, I went to see the latest batch of cards roll of the printing press Captain Rupert stayed in the garden as its far too noisy for bunnies ears. The cards are printed on a wonderful old press that is controlled by hand rather than a computer this why I can get more adjustment on the colours so they are just the way I want them.
Captain Rupert is very glad his Tea Party painting made it as a card design, I do worry that his head will get too big for his paws one day. I can't wait to pick them up from the printers We will show you all next week when they are back from the printers all folded.
Yet another delivery saw the arrival of some smart looking cardboard boxes. I had been wanting to change the packaging on the note cards for some time. These boxes are more eco friendly and I love the look. I have put some in our etsy shop. I'm also planning on adding a few more originals and captain Rupert and I have been thinking about some other goodies to add soon to the shop.