Sunday, August 30, 2015

More Fun with Using Printmaking for Product Design

© 2015 Sheryl Karas
In my printmaking class last semester I had a lot of fun combining printmaking techniques. Monoprint was a favorite. That involves painting with ink on glass and then, for me, wiping designs into the ink with my fingers or scratching designs in the ink with a variety of tools. We also learned how to make collographs which involves making a printing plate using a variety of three dimensional objects.

In this piece I did all of that, then scanned it into the computer and added more effects. I loved the idea of using this for textiles and I might make fabric like this. But for now I'm using outside manufacturers to make products with my designs.

Some of my first items are available on Etsy now. I have pillows and duvet covers, mugs and totebags in addition to framed and unframed prints for sale. They are all made when you order them so please allow extra time for the items to be made and shipped to you.
Buy this pillow in my Etsy Shop
The pillows would look great with this duvet cover!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Pink Rose Petal and Rooibos Lemonade


Make a full pot of tea, putting the following ingredients in a basket strainer (or other infusing device):

1 tsp of Rooibos
1 tsp of Honeybush (or 1 more tsp of Rooibos)
2 tsp dried Rose Petals
1/2 tsp Cinnamon Bark
a few drops of Vanilla extract

Steep 10 minutes. Let cool. Add to your favorite homemade or store-bought lemonade.

I use organic lemonade from Trader Joe's and all my tea ingredients are organic, too. (Especially important for the Rose Petals). My personal preference is 7/8 tea and 1/8 lemonade (because I don't like things too sweet or overly tart). But try it different ways to suit your taste!

I frequently carry all of the tea ingredients except Vanilla extract in my Etsy shop, but, at the time I'm writing this blog (August 23, 2015), I'm sold out of everything except organic Rose Petals. (But do check as I'm certain to have many of these ingredients in stock later!)

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Menopause Tea

I don't always drink herb tea for menopausal bitchiness, but when I do, I drink Mama Love's Pink Goddess.

Will it work for you? All I can say is: it works for me!

100% Organic.

Sunday, August 09, 2015

I was on the Radio!

"Wild Ride," © 2015 by Sheryl Karas
I recently had the pleasure of doing an interview with Dolores Mitchell on North State Public Radio (KCHO 91.7 FM, KFPR 88.9 FM) on the "Weekend Showcase" show. We chatted about the ability to find inspiration anywhere, my technique, and how my mother nurtured my artistic tendencies as a child. Weekend Showcase is heard weekly, Fridays at 3:00 pm. You can listen to it here on Soundcloud.

Sunday, August 02, 2015

Howling for Maddy

Tough week, especially for those in our old home town of Santa Cruz, CA. A little 8-year old girl named Maddy Middleton went missing, and the whole town got involved in trying to find her. She was found dead, a victim of a terrible crime, and her well-liked and trusted 15-year old neighbor was arrested for it with damning videotape and a confession as evidence. The shock and devastation for both families—and for much of the community—has been horrendous and all we’ve been able to think about for days.
How do you make sense of such a horrific tragedy?  Is there any such thing as meaningless suffering? How do we come to terms with this kind of pain—our own and that of others?
One person I know, who did not know either family, has found herself screaming in agony. She described it as feeling like she tapped into the collective consciousness of the entire community—or certainly the pain of the mothers involved. I’ve been haunted by the screams of the mothers myself. Many people in Santa Cruz participated in a group howling (Maddy loved wolves) as the full moon rose last night. 
Not able to sleep, all my usual tricks of no use, I finally decided to send healing to all involved, to add to the healing I know was being sent by many others. One of my teachers, Jeanine Sande, wrote on my Facebook page “Love, love, love.” Send love. And remember to be loving with your own friends and family and with yourself.
Another Santa Cruzan on my Facebook feed just a few minutes ago posted her latest gorgeous photo of the sun shining in a beautiful blue sky with blue ocean waves underneath. A typical Santa Cruz day at the beach. It made me feel joyful to see it. It is still the same beautiful place.
That’s the great paradox of the lives we live. The fact is that, right now, there is always somebody screaming in agony because their little boy or girl—their bright shining star—is gone. That has not changed, whether we hear about it or not, that’s always happening. And at the same time, somewhere, the sun will also be shining, there will be waves on the beach, and stars in the sky. And now there is one called Maddy.
We somehow are here to live it all, to find a way to find joy and meaning despite the suffering. And love—to help others and help ourselves begin again when we have to and carry on.