A Good Friday for Printing

Today’s Printapalooza action: a rainbow roll of quinacridone red and prussian blue with a wee bit of titanium white in the mix. I started this a couple of days ago on my own, and Duke helped me get it all done today. Having a ‘clean hands’ helper makes such a huge difference in production time!

Duke had been doing a little work elsewhere, but today I had him all to myself again! I am adamant that when I’m allowed to reopen my shop, it will be FULL of product!

What did you do today?

Lamp Light

I carved a new printing plate this evening as a new card/mini-print to add to the 2020 line-up of Norton’s Cove products. It isn’t a new image though- and it comes with a bit of history.

Carving the new printing plate.
The first proof, printed as a card.
The second proof, after some minor adjustment to the carving.

Waaaay back around 2004 or 2005 maybe, my new business was not doing so well. I had not been able to pay the power bill for the studio for three months in a row. Newfoundland Power cut me off. It was winter. I was desperate to keep my business going, but it was a long few months before I’d see the return of summer visitors. What to do?

My design instructor at the Textile Studies program, J Barry, had suggested to me several years earlier to make note cards with my little lino images. I remembered that advice, and decided to run with it.

My mother gave me some money from her income tax return, and Duke installed the least expensive wood stove he could find in the studio. I had heat. I had inherited a number of oil lamps from my Uncle Donald & Aunt Geraldine’s place a while before, and they had been used solely as decorative pieces in the shop until then. Now they were useful tools, as the dark of winter did not allow me many hours of working time with daylight alone.

With my family’s support, I made five card designs to bring to that year’s Provincial Wholesale Trade Show, and I took enough orders to pay the bills and get my power turned back on. I even brought home a ‘Best New Product’ award.

These small products have been my bread and butter ever since, and I still enjoy making them. My mother does most of the packaging, my son has been cutting all the paper, and my hustband has been doing the ‘clean hands’ work for all production for the second year now. I still wouldn’t be able to do it without the support of my family. And that little oil lamp is a keen reminder of that.

Lamp Light will be available as a card and as a mini-print this spring in the online shop, and beautiful stores around Atlantic Canada.

Printing All Week

Monday through to Friday, Ollie (my clean hands) and I have been printing bookmarks, cards, and mini-prints to restock the shelves here at Norton’s Cove Studio.
We’ve been working hard, and we’ve printed almost 600 pieces in red, red-yellow, orange, blue, blue-red, yellow, black, grey, blue-green, and green.
Now we just have get them packaged into the final product, 
which will probably take another week!

Suprise Sale!

Until November 30th 2014
IN STORE ONLY @ NORTON’S COVE STUDIO
all cards, mini-prints, framed mini-prints, and bookmarks will be available for discounted prices:
Bookmarks
Regular Price– $4.50 Sale Price $3 each!
Cards
 Regular Price– $6.75 Sale Price $4 each!
Mini-Prints
Regular Price– $13.50 Sale Price $8 each!
Framed Mini-Prints
Regular Price $45.50 Sale Price $27 each!