Tomorrow’s Market & Kira Ishi Rocks

Tomorrow will be the first time for me to manage my TailGateArt market by myself.  Thankfully Shar will be able to help me get set up and take down and all I have to do is sell. Hoping for a nice day, the weatherman says yes, no snow or rain expected and temps in the 70’s.

My paintings will be on super sales as low as I can go to decrease my inventory.  I want to paint more landscapes and play with different techniques, there are so many options for the artist now, so much to learn.

I’m excited to start making prints of my paintings to sell.  I  bought a  printer that can make prints up to 16 x 20 (almost).  Expecting it any day now, I’m hopeful because I have a  had problems with my  printers.  I guess I’ve had about 6 or so printers over the years and they have all been a source of frustration,  I am a little concerned but determined to give this a try and if it works out as I expect I’ll sell my prints and note cards here too.

I’ll have Shar’s  kira ishi (small shiny rock in Japanese) rocks for sale tomorrow,  they have been a popular item especially for kids.

Some people think  “$5 is too much for a rock” without thinking about the skill needed to produce these beautiful rocks.  Depending on the size of the rock they cost from 50 cents to $5.00.

Costly and exotic Japanese, Thai, Indian and Nepalese papers are used to create her Kira ishi rocks and she finishes with multiple layers of varnish.

All the papers have a name, the Japanese Yuzen papers have names like Jewels, jasmine, Happiness, Midnight crane and Panda bear and many more.

The Nepalese papers are made from the Lokta bush.  Lokta paper is strong and durable and Eco-friendly and called the Nepal paper plant.

The Thai papers are made of the most luxurious Kozo momi papers that are hand marbled with stunning color combinations including metallic gold ribbons.  They have names of earth events with appropriate colors as noted below.  These are the rocks I was making but Shar makes them better than I do so she is the rock maker master.

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And that’s my story for today!

 

 

 

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-1tgaI’m getting things together for our Saturday markets and will soon be organized to know what we are doing most of the time.

I have some pics to share, these are from last weeks market.   These people were kind enough to let me take their photos with our items,  I think the Mom was telling her son not to touch,  kids loved the rocks so Shar is making some small ones for their pockets, feel free to touch them, can’t break and they are smooth and feel good in your hand.

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Lucky rocks.   Rocks made with Japanese, Thai or Indian papers carefully applied to rocks of all sizes and shapes.  So beautifully applied that you would think Mother Nature made them, but no, Shar has been making them for more than 20 years and uses them in her work as a therapist.  I need to get Shar to write about her experiences with her rocks and how she has used them in her classes. On my to-do list!

The papers in the circle are Thai papers and each style paper is named by an earth event.  The floral papers are Japanese yuzen papers and there are dozens of styles, if not hundreds.

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I’m having fun for now and excited to have a place to show my art even though one might think a farmers market is not the place for ‘fine art’  maybe I don’t consider mine as ‘fine art, but fun original signed  art at a price every family can afford to hang in their home.

Put a frame on these and they look fantastic.

I sold one painting while I was taking these photos by my car!  This large colorful painting on wood is resined and so shiny you can see my shadow taking the photo. A cute kid walking by stopped to look and thinks his Mom will like it because it is so colorful,  I hope she likes it.IMG_4465

I’ve been painting trees this week,  trees without leaves usually.  I like to see the structure of the tree, and I don’t paint the leaves so well yet.     The painting of the tree & flowers is crackled. I like to add a hammock or swing on my tree paintings.

 

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