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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Handmade bracelet


IMG_3801, originally uploaded by TumbleweedStudios.
This is a handmade piece made with natural skin color yarn, braided and tightened with knots at the end. Simple, folkloric and ethnic.

The beads are made of wood printed with ethnic patters on warm colors and glazed to add that shiny finish.

Currently in exhibition at the Artery Gallery, Costa Mesa, CA Might be available for sale on January. It is on Etsy at: http://www.etsy.com/shop/pandorashack

Indian Shield with leaves Necklace


IMG_3816, originally uploaded by TumbleweedStudios.
One of a Kind necklace. Hand crafted with wooden beads. The pendant is made of a soft metal, embellished with sequins surrounding a fuchsia rhomboid. Finished with 7 delicate and very realistic antique brass leaves.

Currently exhibiting at the Artery Gallery at the Lab (Anti Mall) in Costa Mesa, CA. Might be available for sale in january. On sale at http://www.etsy.com/shop/pandorashack

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Celebrating a New artist on Etsy!


Hello,

I want to share this wonderful shop on Etsy with you! It is called "La Roca Gallery"

Super innovative, creative and Original!


A little about the artist:

"Freelance artisan with great desire of learn and create, create and create even more!.
I like to * Re-use * Re-Cycle * Re-Claim * Re-Invent * everything that I have available, always adding a touch of originality, dignity and character to my art work."

Take a look at her shop and go to her website where you can see much more of her craftsmanship and artistry here: www.laroca-gallery.com

Cheers

Monday, July 20, 2009

Monday, July 6, 2009

THIS ONE IS FOR FRIDA



I just participated in a challenge dedicated to this amazing artist of all times, Frida Kahlo. I didn't want to go along the way without blogging about her.

I don't want to write that much, but I do want to share this quote of hers, which in a sense, tells me that she wanted to share her pains and feelings through her art to give a statement. She was so so strong! She didn't give up painting despite her pain; instead she painted to get away from it and to overcome the fears she had. She is telling us to keep going despite the adversities, despite the hurtful situations in life!
 

"I paint self-portrait because I am so often alone, because I am the person I know best".
Frida Kahlo 


Spanglish team and Etsy Owls team from Etsy got together to embrace this amazing artist and to give a call to all members to participate in making an art piece inspired by her. 

Above, two of her self portraits which I took for inspiration to make mine: Frida Kahlo Necklace and Earrings set

There will be a vote for the favourite art piece at the Etsy Owls blog. For me, they are all my favourite! Check on the entries of all participants at Etsy by writing the keyword: Frida challenge, or by clicking here Frida challenge

Good luck to all participants, but most importantly, Keep the faith.

Susana

Monday, June 29, 2009

ANIMAL KINGDOM TREASURY


Here I am again, I am so thrilled to be among great artists and happy to have my Pet Portrait listing as part of the ANIMAL KIGDOM THEME here




Check it out while the treasury lasts HERE


Special thanks to Hailey's Bobbins, who was so thoughtful on choosing all these beautiful Animal Art.  

Sunday, June 28, 2009

OH WHERE OH WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?



I get so excited whenever I see Dog Art at Etsy! 

This morning I got surprised by designsbymariejulie! She had put together amazing Dog Art, all in this Treasury west, and my pet portrait got included!


Check out the site while it lasts HERE

Thanks again to designsbymariejulie, for taking the time to put together such an affectionate treasury!


Wednesday, June 10, 2009

YART SALE!!!




This is the time of the year when the YART SALE takes place at Etsy. A Great bunch of artists come together to participate in this event that will last for just 5 days with great sales, promotions and good deals on June 10-14, 2009

Take a look at my Shop to see what I have for my Yart Sale here.

Also, visit my friends from the Spanglish Team here to see what we all have put together.

Cheers!



Tuesday, May 26, 2009

What is a Giclée?

What is a Giclée?



GIclée printing has been most commonly used for the reproduction of art. This is, by far, the closest piece of art to an original one. Different from the traditional lithographic print, which is commonly printed with an offset printer, Giclée prints are literarily squirted or sprayed with vivid color inks intelligently through the nuzzles of and ink-yet printer designed for that use. The quality of print results in a gamut of vibrant colors that penetrate the fibers of the media fusing into a perfect archival chemistry.





One of the advantages of Giclee making is for those artists who are interested on reproducing their art into limited edition prints. Some artists don't want to sell their original pieces so making giclée prints out of them gives them the advantage to share and make their art available to buy. Museums also use the giclée process for conservation purposes. They display the giclée print of  any original piece that might be out of the collection or in conservation maintenance. So the giclée process is available for uses and needs of all kinds.


The greatest advantage of a giclée print for art reproduction is that you are most likely to get a super close result to it's original (if the digital image comes from an original painting), not only in color fidelity but in medias as well thanks to the digital advantages for edits and the proofing methods. If you have an oil painting and you would like to get reproductions from it, you can get those giclée prints made on canvas! The same applies to watercolor paintings, you can get the giclée prints of a watercolor printed on fine art paper with texture or smooth surfaces that resembles the original. The possibilities are endless and you will never ever, compromise quality. And the great news is that the inks and surfaces are 100% archival.


Fine art prints of original digital art and digital photography can be made using the giclée printing process as well. Products, such as, greeting cards, bookmarks and any other form of stationary can also be made using the same process but keep in mind that these will be considered as fine art prints and the cost of making them is higher than the same products printed with regular offset printing, and of course, the quality will also be higher due to the archival property of the materials used. 


A true giclée print is made with archival inks and medias of museum quality.


Be aware that giclée printing is an extremely detailed and delicate labor and that there are many places who think they make giclée prints but they don't. Giclée printing is not "Fast Art" , it is not easy nor fast to make. I use the same concept of food quality to illustrate what I'm trying to say; fast foods are of less quality and poor nutrition compared to home made or slower cooking foods in restaurants, which ingredients are fresh, and the cook puts time into a great meal, different from fast food which is made in seconds with processed ingredients. 


Giclée services are not cheap, therefore it is important to select a good source for this service to make your investment worth the money. If you ever own a giclée print well made, you will enjoy it for about 95 years or so. Due to the archival advantage in materials, giclée colors will look as vivid through all the years as when you first saw them; if proper care is given, that is. For canvas prints it is recommended to be either stretched or mounted on acid free surface and for prints made on fine art paper it is recommended to be mounted behind glass using Acid free materials as well.     


The process of giclee printing may vary and can be subdivided into many steps due to it's complexity, but briefly and simplified, the big steps usually occur like follows:




1- Capturing the image - Digitalization 



For the capture of an original art piece, devises such as, drum scanners, flat bed scanners, camera backs, can be used. Sometimes a professional digital camera can work fine. It all depends on factors such as, the size of the original art piece and the desired size of the reproductions. I would always strive for the most professional choice of input for best output results. The digital format of the capture can be saved as tif, jpg, pdf, etc. I personally prefer .tif For it's high digital quality. The image should be on hight resolution of at least 300 dpi, ideally. For digital art and digital photography, this step is not necessary since the image is already digital. 




2- Digital Imaging - color correction 



This step consists in correcting the digital image in the computer against the original art piece (if available), making adjustments in color, dusting and cleaning up the image, and if needed or requested, retouching and enhancements can be also made. For digital art and digital photography, this step could be useful to retouch, refine and enhance the existing image and give it that extra special look. Digital imaging software and computer tools are used in this process, along with proper monitor calibration and color profiles. 

Color correcting is time consuming and can take many hours of interrupted work.




3-Proofing



Once the image is cleaned up and corrected, it's time for testing. This can be the most tedious and challenging part of all giclée making steps, specially if the digital artist and the client are too meticulous to let a small detail pass. Proofing means going through a series of tests prints in small scale with small color variations, then compared to each other and against the original (if available). This can take as little or as many proofs until you finally achieve the best match. In proofing we are looking for things like color fidelity, resolution quality and visual aspects that will give you a glance of the final print you are looking for. 


As you can imagine, this process far from being tedious and time consuming is very expensive as materials such as, papers, canvas and inks are being used; but equally crucial and necessary if one wants to have a close result, specially in colors to those in the original art piece.




4- Printing the final prints 



After the best proof is finally chosen, it's time to print the final product. This is the best part of all, to my taste, not only for the fact that the best quality print is in place to get printed, but for the fact that an artists will soon be smiling seeing his or her giclée prints made.

Using state of the art ink-yet printers such as the marvelous Ultrachrome Epson Pro, a great museum quality print can be expected, using archival medias and high end inks. I am a fan of Epson printers for their detailed sense in color and the amazing droplet capabilities, so breath taking... 

After printing is complete, there are other tasks, such as, cutting, trimming, UV protection coating for canvas, stretching, framing, mounting, etc; but for the most part, these 4 steps are the most popular and the most relevant of the giclée making. 


Great results are achieved with dedication and passion for what you do. A museum quality giclée print is one of those things you can't make without either of these.


Monday, May 18, 2009

New Miembro of the Week: createev1



"I am a photographer in North Florida. My favorite form of relaxation is to capture nature at it's best. I love to photograph flowers, birds, ( all kinds of animals in general) and beautiful landscapes" 

To see more of this talented artist, visit her Etsy Shop:

Monday, May 11, 2009

I am the "Miembro of the week"!!!



I am so excited about the latest news, I am the featured artist of this week by the Spanglish Team!

Totally cool! 

I love this group and all the active members who have shown me support and great team effort to bring forward the Team!

I hope I get more people to know me and visit my shop to see what I have to offer.


Friday, May 8, 2009

I am being featured in three Treasuries




I am so happy to see that three great Etsians and great friends have included some of my art works in their treasuries these days. It feels sweet to occupy a little spot among so many gifted people in these treasuries. 

Special thanks to:


I am yet to crate my first treasury and I will sure think of my dear Etsy friends! after all they are exceptionally talented! in fact,  AG mode has been featured by our Spanglish Team latelly! (see my earliest post about her). 

Anyway, honestly I have been trying to make a treasury but for some reason it has not happened, but will soon, hopefully...