Am I Having Fun Yet? YES!

I am always pretty miserable in the late months of winter. The holiday season drains me and there is a void in the quiet afterward. I always feel I should push myself - "Keep making things, Amy. Don't stop." There is a kind of guilt there too, that I should beef up my Etsy shop, organize, do taxes... Really, being in business there is always something to do. I did organize a bit and my tax stuff is much more together than last year, so taking a deep breathe, I tried to let it go.

I did my "Mommy duties" - the house looked pretty good! The laundry was done and in the drawers! We actually had people over for dinner and I could use my dining room! While doing the "chores", I found my mind wandering to new ideas, things I had always wanted to try. Eventually I was dropping the laundry, half folded, and running to google something to find out techniques and where to find supplies.

Printing is where I landed. I have always loved woodcuts and block printing and I wanted to see if I could incorporate it into my work.

Here are some blocks that I cut.

And here are some bags in process,

and some finished ones.

I also intend to incorporate these prints into my encaustic mixed media. Here is one piece that is in process.

It has been so rewarding and I look forward to what may develop in the future. One thing is for sure, dinner parties may need to be out on the porch. Good thing the weather is getting better!

My dining room:


Fraske Designs said...

loving it!

Linda Branch Dunn said...

Those bags are going to fly away. You have such an eye for graphics. I'd say that mind-wandering was just what you needed!

mimi k said...

Amy- these are fantastic! Can't wait to see them in person. hmm, have you thought about making dish towels with your stamps? I would love one!

Bumble Belly Designs said...

Are you kidding me? I am looking at everything in my house a new way and any clothing I have that is plain is like a canvas! After the lobsters were done it really reminded me of vintage dishtowels. I need a great source for thirsty linen!

Amy Stoner said...

very very cool printed bags! I love them!

Hey, are you going to the Encaustic conference in Beverly, MASS in June? Cause I am going for the first time (and the first time on the east coast!) and would love to meet you in person! Lemme know!