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Double exposure self-portrait

Double exposure self-portrait

Thanks for visiting my blog! You can see my photos and original designs at my WEBSITE .  My handmade artwork is available through my ARTFIRE SHOP or my ETSY GALLERY. You can also see a large variety of products with my designs on them (sneakers, ties…) at my ZAZZLE GALLERY.  See my ebook on Inkjet Printing on Lutradur at my WEBSITE, or at my ARTFIRE SHOP, or on LULU.  

Interested in learning to print on fabric or lutradur, or how to sell your artwork online?  I’ve written three books, which you can get in Kindle format or the printed version, or order right here as PDF downloads. Just click “add to cart” for whichever book(s) you’d like to purchase.

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I also have several classes up on CraftArtEdu.com including Inkjet Printing on FabricInkjet Printing on Lutradur, and Handmade Pet Collars.

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New Artwork Photography Class!

My newest class, Taking Great Photos of Your Artwork and Crafts, is live at CratfArtEdu!

Taking Great Photos of Your Art

I distilled my years of experience photographing and selling my work online into a four-part class packed with information about essential product photography skills, and I take you step by step through the entire process to make professional quality photos of your own creations. 
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All you need is a camera, tripod, lighting and image processing program, but as your budget and desire for more sophisticated tools grows, I give you a comprehensive list of equipment and resources.section page glass slide necklace small

You can master the skills needed to take great photos of your work. Learn how to prepare for your photo shoot, from choosing a location and lighting, to using props and styling to stage your work so your creativity and artistic brand shine through!

Taking Great Photos of Your Artwork & Crafts

I also show you how to efficiently edit your photos into perfect shape to post online, and finally help you figure out where to sell and market your work online!

Taking Great Photos of Your Artwork

I’d love you to check out the free preview of my class.  Regularly priced at $25 for the four-part series, it’s on sale for $19 through Sunday August 21st. Missed the sale? Email me at heidirand@gmail.com, and I’ll send you a link to get the sale price!

Click here to go to my CraftArtEdu main page.

Here’s the wonderful CraftArtEdu promo for the new class, and for my related smartphone photography class.

Speaking of which, here are links to my other CraftArtEdu classes. Each has a free preview:

Taking Great Photos With Your Smartphone

Decorating Wood With Image Transfers

Fabulous Fabric Postcards

Handmade Pet Collars

Inkjet Printing on Fabric

Inkjet Printing on Lutradur

And my free basic classes:

Inkjet Inks: What You Need to Know for Your Artwork and Crafts

Introduction to Lutradur

 

 

 

Votes for Women vintage postcard

Today’s vintage treasure – a postcard for women’s suffrage dated 7/31/14, and that’s 1914 dear reader – six years before women got the right to vote in the United States!  I found this historical gem during my birthday visit to SCRAP, the go-to Bay Area creative reuse warehouse. With a shockingly timely message mailed by two enlightened fellows to their lady friends over a hundred years ago, here’s the front:

Votes for women vintage postcard

The back, addressed in beautiful cursive handwriting to Miss Kate Costa, Marysville, California, reads:

Dear Kate & Mabel,

You “guys”, better beat it down here on that motor tomorrow eve. (Sat.). We have made big preparations for “our our” dance, see. If you wish, this one, we will sure fill the farmhouse full of cans. See you to-morrow on the motor. Fred & Harry. Box 344.

Votes for women vintage postcard

I tracked down an image of the same postcard on The Suffrage Postcard Project website, which links to their source, the Palczewski Suffrage Postcard Archive. From the Archive’s site I learned that Barton & Spooner Co. published the card, and indeed – I now see a very small B&S logo in the lower right corner, under the word “motor”.

As noted by Catherine Helen Palczewski, “[A] fascinating intersection occurred between advocacy for and against woman suffrage, images of women (and men), and postcards. Best estimates are that approximately 4,500 postcards were produced with a suffrage theme.” See Palczewski, Catherine H. Postcard Archive. University of Northern Iowa. Cedar Falls, IA.

Plus ça change,  n’est-ce pas?

Encaustic Artist Raven Iacono at Pinole Artisan meeting

Exciting news for the Friday June 3rd Pinole Artisan meeting! Encaustic artist Raven Iacono will give a presentation introducing us to this fascinating medium, also known as hot wax painting. Raven’s presentation will cover “The Basics, Surfaces, Safety, Advanced Techniques, Mixed Media, Video Tips and Technical Information.” She will also have handouts and answer questions at the end of the presentation.
Whooping Crane, by Raven Iacono

Whooping Crane. Encaustic Painting with handmade paper, vintage text paper, gold leaf, carved sections with pigment sticks, by Raven Iacono

 Encaustic is a wax-based paint composed of beeswax, resin and pigment, which is heated, applied to an absorbent surface and then fused by reheating.
Snowy Owl, by Raven Iacono

Snowy Owl. Encaustic mixed media by Raven Iacono

Raven is an accomplished encaustic artist who has taught and shown her work locally and internationally. You can see more of Raven’s artwork at her website: http://www.theravensnestart.com
Raven writes about running, encaustic and teaching on her blog: https://the-ravens-nest.org/
Follow her facebook page. : https://www.facebook.com/TheRavensNestArt
Raven’s Etsy shop : http://etsy.com/shop/RavensNestArt
Pinole Artisan meetings are held on the first Friday of every month at the Pinole United Methodist Church, 2000 San Pablo Avenue.  Meetings begin at 7 p.m., are free, and all are welcome! Questions? Email me at heidirand@gmail.com

Visit the Pinole Artisan website to learn more about this wonderful group.

Celebrate Roses in El Cerrito

The don’t-miss event for flower-lovers, gardeners and rosarians is coming up next Sunday – that’s right, it’s the 36th annual Celebration of Old Roses, sponsored by the Heritage Rose Group Bay Area! This year it’s on Sunday May 15th, from 11 am to 3:30 pm at the El Cerrito Community Center, a few blocks east of San Pablo Ave at 7007 Moeser Lane. The Rose Show and parking are free.Vintage roseThe glorious heart of the event is the hundred-foot display of roses — everyone from expert cultivators to people with just one rose bush in their yard bring cut roses to show. They’re grouped and arranged by type, the result an intoxicating display of scents and colors. George roses You can buy heirloom and hard-to-find roses from specialty nurseries, and rose experts will be there to answer your questions. Remember to bring your clippers and loppers for on-site tool sharpening. This year there will activities for children, and while supplies last, children can get a free rose plant courtesy of the Heritage Rose Group Bay Area. Along with the roses, there’s an array of arts & crafts and rose-related goodies for you to view and buy as gifts for someone special or for yourself!

Show table

We’ve had a booth with our artwork & crafts at the Rose Show for the past eleven years! Look for us in the Main Hall, with the work that I make from my original rose & flower and nature-related photographs -jewelry, purses, boxes, vases, sachets, greeting cards, and much more! I’ll also have my upcycled creations – handmade bracelet cuffs, purses, phone and e-reader holders, all from fabric books and silk neckties.

Upcycled bracelet cuffPlus, while it lasts – a new batch of our sublime local honey. Many people swear by it to help with allergies.Local honeyAnd for the first time at the Rose Show, try our Honey Kissed skin lotion and lip balm, handcrafted by George from our honey and wax.Honey kissed lotion and lip balm

If you have any questions about the Rose Show, our honey, or Garden Delights Arts & Crafts, please email me at HeidiRand@gmail.com  Hope to see you there, with a rose or three!

An Evening of Poetry and Jazz with Jack Marshall

Jack Marshall, nationally- recognized poet and a resident of El Cerrito, will give a reading of his work to inaugurate the City of El Cerrito’s new Poet Laureate Program and to celebrate National Poetry Month in April.

Jack Marshall

A live jazz performance will accompany Marshall’s reading, to be held Tuesday April 12th from 7 to 8 pm, at the El Cerrito Public Library, 6510 Stockton Ave.

Born in Brooklyn to Jewish parents who emigrated from Iraq and Syria, Marshall now lives in El Cerrito. He is the author of the memoir From Baghdad to Brooklyn and several poetry collections that have received the PEN Center USA Award, two Northern California Book Awards, and a nomination from the National Book Critics Circle.

EC Poet Laureate ButtonThe City’s first Poet Laureate will serve a two-year term from September 1, 2016 to August 31, 2018. The Poet Laureate Call will be released during national poetry month on April 1, 2016. Interested? Click here to get more information and to find out how to submit an application.

The Evening of Poetry & Jazz is sponsored by the El Cerrito Arts and Culture Commission and the Friends of the El Cerrito Library.

Workshop with Grace Taormina at Pinole Artisan meeting

Heart Mixed Media Collage by Grace Taormina

Heart Mixed Media Collage by Grace Taormina

Come and create at the Pinole Artisan’s March 4, 2016 general meeting! Mixed media artist Grace Taormina will lead a hand’s-on workshop exploring combining artistic media to create original designs for a variety of surfaces.  Grace will show you new ways to create pattern and textural interest with heat embossing, stencils and stamps. All materials will be provided.

Asian Mixed Media by Grace Taormina

Asian Mixed Media by Grace Taormina

The author of two books about rubber stamping, Grace is a designer and a mixed media and fiber artist who teaches a wide variety of art classes in the Bay Area, nationally, and online at CraftArtEdu.com.

Pinole Artisan general meetings are held the first Friday of every month at the Pinole United Methodist Church, 2000 San Pablo Avenue.  Meetings begin at 7 p.m., are free, with very friendly artists and snacks. All are welcome!

Visit the Pinole Artisan website to learn more about this wonderful group.

New Smartphone Photography Class

I’m beaming proud to announce my online class, Taking Great Photos With Your Smartphone, brand spanking new at CratfArtEdu!

Smartphone class CraftArtEdu

As a photographer who started out shooting with film cameras and doing my own darkroom processing and printing, I welcomed the ease, convenience and flexibility of digital SLR cameras and doing my own “lightroom” processing using Photoshop and an inkjet printer.

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Now I’ve eagerly leaped into the world of smartphone photography and apps.

Smartphone photography class

After shooting a zillion images and analyzing scads of others’ smartphone photos, I wanted to show people how to overcome some of the limitations of the camera phone and maximize its advantages as compared to traditional cameras. While recognizing the camera phone’s strong points, it’s also important to realize when the small lens can’t measure up, so you don’t get discouraged or blame yourself for the equipment’s shortcomings. For example, you can add a telephoto lens to your phone, but attaching it and holding it steady is a lot harder than with the zoom lens on your SLR. This photo shows the camera phone telephoto lens, dwarfed by my Nikon’s zoom.

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But the small lens is directed by a large brain (computer), and many things are made much easier and less expensive with the smartphone, like editing and enhancing your photos without a software program, and quickly posting them to social media.

Smartphone photography class

Have you been disappointed with the photos you’re getting with your camera phone? Want an experienced guide to help you explore and expand your creativity with this versatile new technology that you carry around in your pocket? If so, I’d love you to check out the free preview of my class.  It’s on sale for $15 through Friday February 27th.

Click here to see my CraftArtEdu main page.

There’s a wonderful CraftArtEdu promo for the new class at this link, and it also includes descriptions of my other CraftArtEdu classes! 

Speaking of which, here are links to my other CraftArtEdu classes:

Decorating Wood With Image Transfers

Fabulous Fabric Postcards

Handmade Pet Collars

Inkjet Printing on Fabric

Inkjet Printing on Lutradur

And my free basic classes:

Inkjet Inks: What You Need to Know for Your Artwork and Crafts

Introduction to Lutradur