Building a form

Made a tree out of decorative pieces this week! It’s only slightly faster than actually planting a tree.

The materials were a collection of floral pieces that were varied enough to be interesting, numerous enough to cover the area of a 4.25×5 card, and mathematically compatible enough to keep me sane.

the materials

I mostly made it up as I worked, laying out rough chunks of the picture…

the basic layout

…and filling in empty space as it came.

filling it in

All the empty space within the printed area has to be filled with short, non-printing spacing material so that when pressure is applied to its side walls, the whole thing can be lifted and nothing will fall out the unsupported back side.

locking it up

The back side of the form shows most clearly where all the pieces are arranged, and how many it takes to fill up the grid.

the back side

I recorded video of the whole building process—absolutely unfit for human consumption in its raw, hours-long form—which I’ll be editing and putting up later this week. Keep an eye out for it if you’re interested!

We hear it’s spring

And we’re prepared for spring, we always are: at our Etsy store we now have all kinds of cards in bright colors, with flowers and green grass and birds! A whole lot of birds. We’re big fans of birds.

Snakes in the Grass card Floral Dover Illustration card German lead-cast singing birds Bronzed hummingbird cards

Revel in the incoming weather! Taunt your friends in the autumnal southern hemisphere! Apologize to an ornithologist for us if you have to, we didn’t read a single book to fact-check these renderings.

Our Etsy store is up!

Blank cards, distinctly not-blank cards, prints, and journals are for sale at our Etsy store. In making these listings it’s come to my attention that our themes are apparently handset type, re-purposed cuts, tough words, and animals.

Uncertain Taxonomy Print Screaming Women: Rosa Diaz Belligerent Affirmations No. 3 Proverbial Rose card

The online store at present does not have nearly our full inventory! We’re working backwards and will update here as we add more listings. Currently it has Screaming Women and Belligerent Affirmations in completion, several varieties of blank notecards, a small journal, and a silly print about science, art, and the feeling of eh, close enough.