Wednesday, September 17, 2008

I'm exhausted

My life has kind of been a big mess lately.
I'm extremely stressed and have all sorts of drama in my life.

I'm frustrated with myself and my art.

I just don't know what I'm doing/where I'm going with my life anymore...

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Good news, I heard back from that print exchange and they are going to attempt to resolve the issues in the next couple of weeks.

I've been making more mail art, to do lists, and thinking a lot lately. More about where my artwork is going if anything else...I want to try to make more personal and narrative work than what I've previously been making in the last year.

I'm debating now whether I want to go straight to grad school or not. I'd like to work for a non profit for a while. I know that sounds kind of silly to get a college degree and then go work for a non profit organization. Working for a non profit is something I've always wanted to do, one of those many job goals I'd like to pursue at some point.

Monday, July 28, 2008

I'm not going to participate in large print exchanges before not unless I'm swapped with the hosts/participants before.

I am really fustrated, I sent in an edition of 22 prints. A drypoint and block printed image to an exchange in early May. I spent money on shipping and on the exchange itself and I've received nothing back.
Not even an email saying they received my prints, the only reason I know they did is because I had a delivery confirmation on the package.

I spent about 20 dollars on shipping and 50 dollars on ink and paper. I'm going to email them and hopefully they will resolve the situation, if not I will let everyone know not to participate in their projects and request they send my prints back to me immediately.

On a better note,
I've started art journaling again and we'll be posting my pages in a moleskine on flickr.

Monday, June 2, 2008

How to Make Rubber Stamps

So in my sculpture class, we did a presentation today called "Each One Teach One".

My presentation was on how to make rubber stamps, here is the hand out I gave to my classmates:

**note if you would like to use this, please credit me (Jenn Erwin)

Materials/Tools Required:

-Speedball Speedy-Cut Rubber (or erasers, any soft rubber, linoleum)

-Linoleum Cutters or Wood cutting tools that are not super sharp

-Exacto Knife

-Ink (block printing ink or stamp pads)




Demo Instructions:

1. cut out a piece of rubber (block printing) material.

2. Draw your image you are planning to carve onto the material with a pencil.

3. Carve the outline of the image first

-make sure you are carving away from you; the blade of the cutter should not be towards you.

4. Finish carving the image and around the image area.

5. Ink your stamp with both block printing ink and a brayer (or) with a stamp pad.

6. Stamp/print onto the paper.

7. If you are unhappy with your carving and feel you need to carve more, than do so.

8. Print/stamp again!

To clean stamps: if using inkpads or anything water based ink wise, just use soap and water gently. Do not bend the stamps as they are very brittle.


Before rubber stamps, printing stamps were normally made of brass. The word stamp refers to a marking device. In 1844, Charles Goodyear accidentally discovered rubber while dropping a mixture of rubber and sulfur onto a hot stove and seeing it still flexible the next day. He called the process “Vulcanization” after Vulcan, the Roman god of fire. After that, rubber was used in mold making in dentistry. In 1866, James Woodruff started experimenting with the Vulcanization method to attempt to make letter molds. Those were the first rubber stamps created. The first rubber stamps afterwards were found in offices, banks and post offices. Picture stamps were used only for educational purposes until German artist Kurt Schwatting started using stamps in his collages as early as 1919.

- History taken from a book called "Rubber Stamping" by Search Press

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Please Recycle

Here is my Submission to the Project Recycle-Recycled Art Mail art call in France.

Here is the link to the documentation blog:

Saturday, April 26, 2008


I have finally set up my etsy store.

I probably will not be posting much in there till I have the time to do so, but none the less you can check it out at:

woo :)

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Show and Tell

I am sick of the idea of group critiques in one of my classes.
I feel like I get nothing out of them.

People say they like or don't like a piece of work but they don't say why and it makes me crazy.
If you dislike someone's work, you should flat out let them know too.

I don't like listening to people rant on how if you knew them you'd find deeper meaning in their work. It's all a bunch of bullshit.

One of my teacher's told me he calls critiques "Show and Tell" because it's nothing more than that and I totally agree.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Another Mail art call!

Hey guys and gals, here is another mail art call that I am passing along!
I did this call last year and they document your work online from the show. :)

Art Project 2008

mail art call

Artists / mail artists / anyone from around the world are invited to send mail art on any theme.

You can send up to 8 artworks, on paper or canvas, sized A4 (21 x 30 cm) or A3 (31 x 42 cm). There is no participation fee. ORIGINAL art works only. NO photocopy or computer prints. We have frames ready for those sizes. Every artwork of those sizes will receive a certificate of appreciation from MoSA to acknowledge your mail art is in our permanent collection.

All work received will be exhibited in Tuanku Nur Zahirah Art Gallery (Royal Art Gallery) , MARA University of Technology, Shah Alam, MALAYSIA.

Documentation to all.

no jury, no return

postal/mail delivery only. *


Please visit Art Project 2006

Deadline: July
15, 2008

Please send your mail art to:-

(Curator Mail Art Project 2008)
Faculty of
Art & Design
MARA University
of Technology
40450 Shah Alam


Image and text taken from:


Anyone who is a member of, the collage-a-thon is taking place this weekend!

It starts Friday, March 14th at 5:00 and runs till Sunday!

So make some collaged ATCs this weekend in honor, and then trade them away at Atcs for all! :)

I will be hopefully posting some of mine on Monday.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

my favorite glues

that's right, I'm writing a blog about some of my favorite glues to use with paper!

In no particular order:

Yes! Paste- comes in a jar, you spread it out with a brush onto what you are gluing. Works great for pasting things flat. I'm pretty sure its archival and acid free.

Elmer's Craft Bond- clear glue, dries clear. Sets what you are gluing in place pretty fast. I've been through bottles of this!

Scotch permanent glue sticks- acid free, spreads well. If you get it on the table (or other surface you are working on) it cleans up easily.

Liquitex (Gloss or Matte) medium - I prefer this to mod podge. I think for the extra couple of dollars it's worth it. The smell is less harsh and it's great for sealing things as well as pasting things flat (just be careful of wrinkles).
-Although, Mod podge is good for sealing things as well!

Sobo glue- a thicker bottled glue, comes out white but dries clear. Great for use with matboard and gluing fabric. It is also good with paper so long as you spread the glue out.

Rubber cement- I like it. However, it's not archival or acid free. You have to use it in a well ventilated area. The upside is you can get a pick up eraser to remove it once it has dried and a solvent to make it a little more usable.

Glues I don't have any luck with:
-the double stick tape pens, I've broken two and I can't figure out how to use them correctly. However, maybe it's just me.
-Liquid glue sticks, I normally just make a mess.

if anyone has anymore glue recommendations just let me know!!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

my new challenge

I've recently decided that I need to challenge myself to at least make something everyday.
On the weekends, I sometimes slack and my creativity gets put aside when I get frustrated with the various art projects I work on for school. I decided I need something to keep my hands and thoughts moving.

I am proposing to make a daily collage or painting everyday.

I have made some rules which i hopefully will follow:
-Collage/Painting size maximum size with be 8x10 inches, minimum 2.5 x 3.5 inches
-not every work needs to be scanned and displayed (however I will try to scan most)
-there must be three elements in each piece (three different colors, pieces, shapes, etc)
-the works can be traded and given away
-media is free, no limits there!
-I will try to post images here and your feedback is welcome

so join me on my new adventure!
I made my first daily work today, it 3.5 x3.5 inches and is composed of various magazine clippings. Will scan it later. :)

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

9 new atcs!

I made 9 new collaged artist trading cards tonight, they all are for trade and you can check them out on my flickr! This one is titled "Hey look at that!"

Friday, February 15, 2008

Atcards and Collage is about to be gone!
The guy who ran the site decided he no longer wanted it to exist unfortunately.
It's so sad,
I've have participated in numerous swaps on atcards for two years.
I've made many mail artist friends thanks to the site.

When I found out it was shutting down, I wanted to cry.
However, the aspects of a new site sounds so exciting and that I can't wait for. :)
I will update on my blog when the new site is up and running.

I have created a new set on my flickr for my various collages,

and here is a new collage I've recently made in this post. Thanks for reading everyone!