Family Picnic Show-Focus on Jif

Inspired by the Ithaca Commons Banner competition (no suspense, she wasn't selected), Jif pulled some ideas from her photographs of water on her land . She settled on Plethodon cinereus in a vernal pool. Now to convert the sketch to a reduction print. Step one was to prepare the carving stop to register the paper to... Continue Reading →

Lucky Stars

  Hundreds of paper stars, when scattered across tables along with matching twinkly lights, added sparkle to this wedding reception.   But before that...months of teeny,tiny folding. (Do not try this at home!) However, if you are on a  long car ride, on tour for Johnny Dowd's Twinkle,Twinkle album (coincidence, if you believe in coincidences ),... Continue Reading →

Freeing Up Figure Drawing

  Some things come easier to us, like working with our hands, and some things come harder, like drawing hands. And bodies. And making them move. And since we all harbor a secret desire to be comic book artists (who doesn't?), this can't stand! If you feel the same, check out the work Jade is... Continue Reading →

Ukranian Egg Dying

  A pysanka is a Ukrainian Easter egg,decorated with traditional folk designs using a wax-resist method. These spectacular patterns are generally quite detailed and meticulously applied. But the wax resist method is adaptable to widely variable designs and personal expression as well, as we discovered at our spring egg dying party!         And if your dyed egg... Continue Reading →

iPhone Cover Collages

  We're very much DIY at KSD, and we're not alone in that. Your average crafter is going to resist spending money on mass-produced phone covers with printed graphics. And there's no shortage of internet instructions on how to pimp out your iPhone with either beads and hearts or skulls and pot leaves. That's just fine, if... Continue Reading →

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