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Color Printing

Monday, December 26th, 2005

I’ve had a bit of challenge getting the color right on our HP. I’m hoping this article has good hints, but i think the real issue is making sure i run the cleaning and calibration routines before hand. We use the color printer so rarely….

Handcoloring Photos

Monday, December 26th, 2005

I experimented with hand coloring photos for an ATC call for altered photographs. I tried my own ideas, which didn’t work so well. The best result was using ink which turned a sky to a midnight blue. Well, i figured out a save on that. After a little reading it seemed oil pastels would do the trick. I may need to experiment more, try something like a matte fixative on the image before using the oil pastels. I’m not hopeful. I then looked at this helpful article from Michael’s and promptly drove off to our local store. The kit was over $35, and, to be honest, i have photoshop and tons of other supplies. I’d rather spend $35 on photo paper. The kit also didn’t come with the primer for glossy paper, and there wasn’t any near at hand.

I bought the photo coloring markers that were near, instead.

Call for Circular Things

Sunday, December 11th, 2005

Circular Things mail art project
Circle, hole, point, poem, dot, map, mandala, short letter you can call it as you wish.

The project, started in 1992 and entitled as … circular things, was now reactivated as a daily and non-stop edition in

To participate just send a single 10cm diameter paper circle work by normal mail (please do not send by e-mail because of technical problems).

send to: C├ęsar Figueiredo / apartado 4134 / P-4001-001 Porto / Portugal

Desultory Results

Sunday, November 20th, 2005

I’ve scanned in the six postcards we bought at the antique store in Morro Bay. Two files: 051120-a-Postcards.jpg and 051120-b-Postcards.jpg .

I was able to quickly select one, select the color of the background, “select similar”, delete [to clear the yellowed background of the card], and the switch to grayscale. Flip horizontal & use the photo package selection, and, viola, a set of samples to transfer with the colorless blender. I did just that to the envelope I’m exchanging back and forth with L. I also used the grey ink i bought in Half Moon Bay a couple weeks ago. Kinda nice.

I used the eyelets to attach a postcard to card stock as the cover page for the scrapbook section on our trip to Morro Bay.

It’s fun to use the toys!

Long’s Drugs did NOT have the photos ready when expected. The do develop black and white film, though.

Another LMAO

Monday, November 14th, 2005

Altered photos — ATC2005.02 3-5 altered ATC, due 2005-12-31, SASE (prepared)

In other book keeping news, i discovered that i mis-numbered the last postcard i sent out (to Deni_zen with the transfer sample). It should have been FM2005.18 not FM2005.16 as i marked it. I don’t know why i care, but i do.

FM2005.16 is the Dad post card & FM2005.17.01 was the first in a series of random cork stamp assemblages.

Today’s efforts

Saturday, November 12th, 2005

For LMAO2005.07: i’ve printed out a second run of AS2005.02 stamps. I used our bubblejet instead of the deskjet, and the colors are different. Options selected: Under “Quality & Media”- “printing tables and charts.” Under “Color options” – “print type: graphic” I’ve printed three sheets, and this is a new lay out as well. Each sheet has twelve sets of the six denominations.

I’ve done a little more experimenting with the colorless blender transfer technique to create a simple postcard, FM2005.16, for Deni_zen. I did one transfer half on-half off a standard photograph, which seemed to work OK. I didn’t rub any, so there is some spottiness to the transfer. I’ve added cork stamping and glued on a sample of the original laser jet printing to make this a reasonable demo piece for the technique.

I finished up LMAO2005.06 with a pastiche of legislative analyst comments from the past special election.

Three more LMAO

Friday, November 4th, 2005

LMAO2005.05: an add & pass i’ve had for a bit
LMAO2005.06: Pastiche: i’ve already made the image collage from campaign materials for the special election on this upcoming Tuesday; next is the text.
LMAO2005.07: Artistamps Album Pages I’ll be using the Mr M definitives and *maybe* a morning glory stamp. Maybe also cork cancels?

Perfectly Puzzled

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2005

Here’s the completed piece at the restored Nervousness boards

Postage Hike Early 2006

Tuesday, November 1st, 2005

“take effect in early 2006″: First class letter – .39 cents (up from .37) Postcard – .24 cents (up from .23)

I can’t find the source for this, which i got via an email newsletter. See also


Tuesday, November 1st, 2005

From: “LLD”

I’m transforming an old metal rolodex file into art. Send me your altered rolodex cards (paint, collage, artistamp, rubberstamp, draw, whatever…) Please indicate your name, address, email, web site, any info relevant to who you are somewhere on the cards. They will be arranged alphabetically in the rolodex as they are received. Documentation online, and periodic via post.

Send to:
9 Charles Avenue
Biddeford, ME 04005 USA

PS – If you haven’t got any cards,use this template:
(they are roughly 4″ X 2 1/4″)