Back into the studio

Gardeners & art lovers enjoyed good weather for last Saturday's Art and Garden tour. I was situated in a garden in front of an historic (1910) St. Paul home, one of several Peace Garden sites  in the Twin Cities. The gardens and plants were the stars of the tour. This garden was all about the rich textures and colors of leaves, and the structures of plants and shrubs. Here is just one example.

 wow! leaf color and variety

wow! leaf color and variety

I set my runners and hangings on trellises, and placed my pillows on the brick stairs leading to the massive front porch. I really enjoyed them as garden decoration!

 Garden view with katazome work in place

Garden view with katazome work in place

I got back to the studio yesterday as I have a couple of weeks left to prepare for the Loring Park Art Festival. This morning I discovered that I accidentally recycled one of my smallest stencils along with the newsprint used to blot and flatten it after use. This is something John Marshall warned us about, and now I have learned the lesson! The stencils are soaked before and after use, blotted with newspaper, and flattened under books before storing them away for the next use. So if you layer a bunch of stencils  between newsprint under a pile of books, tossing one away is a bit of a risk when you are ready to put them away a day or two later. On the up side, it forces you to improvise a little. Instead of pasting my usual minnow symbol on the back of this batch of pillows, I'll be pasting a little Egret, which has also become one of my symbols!

Here are today's stencils soaking in a tub of water before pasting.

 katazome stencils soaking

katazome stencils soaking