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December 30, 2010

Happiness Project: Art Walk!

June 8, 2010

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Art walk! On May first, myself and several other artist, brewers and musicians got together for the first Central District Art Walk. It was such a hit, that we thought we should do it once a month! The next one is this Saturday from 12-5pm. Would love to see each of you there and show you how the press works.

Details can be found here. The art hung in my studio is by the Talented Noelle Herzer.

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Happiness Project: Studio Tour

June 7, 2010

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I love my studio, when it is warm! When it was cold and yuck outside, I would remind myself about how great of a place it was going to be when summer came. Now that summer should be here, the studio doesn’t have the appeal it should!

This week, I will be printing a baby cards and getting ready for the Second Saturday Art Walk (the first one was loads of fun, I’ll put up pictures tomorrow).

Here is a peak of a few (random) things around the studio…tutta lou press, letterpress process

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It’s a Sign!

June 5, 2010

{Note: In April, I started and finished this post. It was quite long in the end. I went into detail about how I made the sign, had images for each step, a compelete DIY tutorial, because a sign like this could be used for weddings, parties, etc. and I thought it would be fun to share. But right after my last proof, WordPress, ATE my gigainitic post. This is one of the reasons why I didn’t blog for eight weeks; the whole thing really peeved me. Here is all that was recovered.}

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I am cheap. There, I said it.

Even before I found Chandler, I was thinking about sign types and sign uses for the press. Your typical A-board sign is expesnive to have made and well, it is hard to stand out with one- because they are all more or less the same. I have thrown around a few clever ideas, but in the end, all of my ‘fun’ ideas are expensive too! The other problem that I keep running into, is how to afford not one, but two signs. I think it would be nice to have a taller one (3′ or so) for placement on corners and then a small one to indicate ‘I am right here’ when a pedestrian/cyclist passes. So the other day, mid-converstion with a stranger, I came up with an idea, one of those ideas that stops you mid-sentance….

Make an A-board sign out of some picture frames! I have had these since college; they probably came from a yard sale or a dumpster.

Happiness Project: Sunshine, incidental.

June 5, 2010

Well hello there, sunshine! Seattle turn sunny today. I got a suprise visit from my brother and his girlfriend last night. This morning we checked out the new Georgetown market. I think it will eventually be the best one in  Seattle (I feel like I am cheating on the Ballard Market when I say that!). They have loads of room for expansion and offer farm fresh produce, arts, crafts, eat-me-now vendors, live music and a flea market! A very swell mix if you ask me. We parked the car right in front of Belle & Wissel. I thought that they might be a press, but it looks like they are a very cool design firm. I spent 30 minute on their website this afternoon…

Other fun things that happened under the sunny sky: the world’s best sandwiches, bike rides, and the beach.

Looks the like the evening will be bring a bout of generosity.

Happiness Project

June 4, 2010

There is a book out, called the Happiness Project. I haven’t read it not am I here to reccomend it. Though, this past week, the phrase “Happiness Project” has been floating through my mind. A dear friend of mine is on a quest to “figure out the rest of her life,” when she really wants is adventure. I have been moping about my loathed apartment, again. Wondering how it is that after nearly 11 months, I still don’t have permeante work. This morning, when I opened the fridge, grandma’s jam came flying out and shattered on the floor. Why couldn’t have been the crapy jam from Safeway? For some reason, nothing seems to be going right this week.

So next week, we are celebrating the Happiness Project, right here. Things that make us Happy when everything this else is wrong. Besides, it is better to focus on the positive, rather than the bad.

First up: Muslin

I love the stuff. It is cheap, utilitarian, workable. It is popular again; people seem to be having a love affair with simple materials, but I have been loving them for years.

Here is a sneak peak of my most recent project (being released next week). It includes a muslin bag! I made 10 of these in less than an hour. Make one today!

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Winner!

April 15, 2010

I have been meaning to announce the winner of last weeks give away here…Noelle Herzer, number 30! Thanks to all of you who became a fan on Facebook!

It is not to late to become a fan on Facebook.

Smitten

April 15, 2010

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While I was in Denmark, I took a water-coloring class, taught by this funny old man name Ole. He told me, on the first day, that “rollinger” in Danish means ‘babes’, or ‘sweet little baby.’ Great, all the very, very, very good looking Danish men are going to think I am an infant when I introduce myself. Perfect. Now, for those that don’t know, Danish, Swedish and Norwegian are all very similar languages, so I wasn’t at all surprised when I came across these sweet little posters for children’s concerts by the Norwegian design firm, Darling Clementine. Charming, eh?

(The top one is my favorite; all images from Darling Clementine)

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Come Meet The Press!

April 13, 2010

Several other artist, printers, painters, musicians and beer brewers are teaming up for A Spring Art Walk in the Central District. There will be letterpress demonstrations, goodies, beer, wine, light refreshments and mother’s day gift ideas! Please Join us- It is going to be lots of fun!

May First |  Noon to 5pm

Central Space Studios | 23rd Ave. and E. Cherry St.

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Give Away Day!

April 5, 2010

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Happy Belated Easter!

In honor of spring, opening the press and general generosity, we are having our first Letterpress give away! (yea!)

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Up for Grabs: is a boxed set of six of our Brown Abstract flat notes and six coordinating Peacock ‘To & From’ Labels. I’ll even let you choose your own color of envelopes!

How to enter: join our facebook fanpage (search “Tutta Lou Press”) or leave a comment on what other types of products or colors you would like to see us making. You have until Thursday, April 8, 2010 to enter. I will use a random number generator to  choose the winner.

Are you excited yet? I am!

Birthday Wishes…

April 2, 2010

Someome’s Mom got these for her birthday yesterday.

These notes used a blind impression ( no ink) on 100% cotton paper. It takes a beautiful impression. There hasn’t been any ink on the press all week- we have been doing a lot of scoring blind impression (which are my favorite, I love simple things).

I am Just One Woman

March 29, 2010

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March has flown by. My plates have arrived and have been lovingly pressed into soft cotton paper; only letterpress can make my heart pitter-patter like this. There is so, very, very much to do and I am only one woman. The good news is that the website is up. The bad news is that it needs loads of work. Not to mention, I need to fire my photographer. I cannot seem to get a good photo of so many things! The journals turned out great, but I haven’t been able to get a good photo of them yet. The light hasn’t been great around here lately; I need some super sunny Seattle weather and soon!

The website is http://www.tuttalou.com

Take a gander, if you like. Please don’t try to buy anything yet- Still working on accepting credit cards!

The Etsy store should be in action by the end of the week (Tutta Lou Press). There will be many more items added to both sites over the course of the next few weeks, but then again, I am only one woman.

Also very exciting news- There are some very awesome ladies in the adjacent studio spaces and we are planning an Art Walk/Meet the Press Party on May 1st. Watch for more news on that!

Be sure to check back on Monday- We will be having our first Give Away, as promised!

Please leave me your comments on the website too!

XO!

More on the Press

March 6, 2010

With the press, there is much to learn. Luckly, I am a research junkie. I get on a topic of interest and I will read anything and everything about it.  Here are a few photos of the press- problems, solutions, and just plain fun. (I am turning into one of those bloggers who only post photos of their cat press..)

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Chandler, looking so sad with out his ink disk

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Chandler think this is his best side, so I thought I would show it here.

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Painting the fly wheel last week (They have better spray paint colors at Fred Myer than they do Lowes, which I discovered after the fact).

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His newly painted wheel!

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Here is the coveted ink disk when it arrived.  Very gross. I used navel jelly to clean the rust off of it. I know I have mentioned the press is very heavy, thus the disk itself weights 40+ pounds.

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Once I got the ink disk installed, I could finally put on the new rollers I bought for the press. Then, finally, I inked up the press. It did this though. Did what, you say? You see how there is green all over the base (big square with gridlines)? There shouldn’t be any ink on it; the ink should only be on the two wood letters ‘S’ and ‘R’ to the left. This means that the roller are to close to the base. I used several layers of tape on the rails to raise the rollers. Sorry, no photo of this, yet.

Once that was done, I printed these!

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Not to bad for a beginner! These little cards where fun to make and I cannot wait until my polymer plates get here this week. I will be a printing maniac!

(Again, sorry for the crummy photos; the iphone tries very hard though.)

InkDisk!

March 1, 2010

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Last week, I found an INK DISK in Californa and it shipped this morning! I told my dad if I didn’t find one by Wednesday of last week, I was going to have one made (not that I had much of a clue how to go about that…fake it until you make it!). I think 50 people in ZOKA saw my Happy Dance, not once, but twice when I got the phone call. {lucky them!}

In the spirit of not doing anything but printing when the disk gets here, I painted the flywheel a glossy blue. It looks awesome! The paint makes the press look new, which is completely odd considering it is 84 years old!

I found this image posted on Poppytalk tonight. Anyone else think it looks strangely like my living room? White, Black, neutrals and GREEN?

For once, I won’t promise to blog more. It’s my party blog and I can cry write if I want too.

Last Minute Valentines..

February 11, 2010

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Sorry to be away this week. I have been doing a lot of paperwork type activities for the press: budgets, insurance, etc. Boring things that have to get done. Ho-hum.

Here are is one last-minute Valentine’s Day idea. These wrappers sure look like a great alternative to those chalky conversation hearts!

Download them here. Buy candy at the store…maybe that is what I will do right now…

Oh, did I mention that it is college week on Jeopardy! (This means that I might get 2 more right…:))