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Joyful Christmas, everyone. I am sending you Christmas greetings early, as you might not be online in the next few days (and I may not be, as well).

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origa
Dec. 23rd, 2006 06:29 pm (UTC)
Thank you, dear Asakiyume!

Merry Christmas to you, too!

(to let you know -- I am going to send a greeting tomorrow in my lj :))
sartorias
Dec. 23rd, 2006 09:29 pm (UTC)
Lovely card--have a joyful Christmas!
suzan_s
Dec. 23rd, 2006 10:21 pm (UTC)
Beautiful card......Christmas cheer to you as well.
b_oki
Dec. 24th, 2006 12:51 am (UTC)
thank you for the creative Christmas card!!!!

did you carve this image??? :))))))
asakiyume
Dec. 24th, 2006 04:12 am (UTC)
yes! :-)
b_oki
Dec. 26th, 2006 01:09 am (UTC)
how marvelous! i love carved relief images :))) what did you carve it out of?
b_oki
Dec. 26th, 2006 01:12 am (UTC)
I meant to also say that I love your design. Its really very nice :)

(I'm brain dead at the moment :))) vegging from the Christmas bustle)
asakiyume
Dec. 26th, 2006 01:37 am (UTC)
I totally understand!

Regarding what I carved, it's a block of something, and on the back of it, it says that it's a "New Improved Speeding-Cut (tm) Carving Block Product No. 4346" from Speedball. It seems like it's more rubbery than lino-y. My biggest complaint is that it splits really easily--this one cracked from one side into the middle, and I can't figure out why--the crack doesn't even run along a carved line, or anything. But it **is** very easy to carve. I want to try the eraser carving that you mentioned, though--and I think I'd like to try a proper linoleum block, too. Not wood, though (not yet anyway)--too hard.
b_oki
Dec. 26th, 2006 01:55 am (UTC)
i'm thrilled that you desire to carve blocks :)))))

yes, that Speedball Speedy Cut #4346 is terribly crumbly. you could preserve the cracked block by rubber cementing it to a hard surface perhaps. anyway....try this brand:
http://www.imcclains.com/catalog/blocks/staedtler.html

you might be able to get it at a local art store. and surprising enough, i've heard that the new brownish color lino-cut material is pretty easy to carve and print from. although i tried lino (mine was an old gray piece) once and wasn't patient with the inking results but many people do like the lino process. don't know how far along you are but this is a good how-to for soft-block carving:
http://www.ruthannzaroff.com/carving/toolcare.htm

and this is a good book written by an aquaintance who i met through Carving Consortium group many years ago:
http://www.amazon.com/Weekend-Crafter-Carving-Techniques-Projects/dp/1579903002

soft block is easy and so fun!
asakiyume
Dec. 26th, 2006 02:28 am (UTC)
Wow, these are great resources, thanks! Especially that first one, as the shops here seem to be surprisingly limited.

I remember in--maybe it was even middle school, not high school--but doing a multiple-color print. I am still just doing one color, but eventually I'd like to try that.

So many interesting things to do in life, huh :-)
b_oki
Dec. 26th, 2006 12:35 pm (UTC)
Michaels Arts & Crafts might carry the Mars Staed. softblock in the small eraser-size. But it would be worth it to order it online just to get the larger sizes. And of course other online companies sell the Mars Staed. softblock, but I prefer McClains because that is where I order my woodblock supplies - with exception of Baren Mall at http://www.barenforum.org - the group that inspired me to woodblock. You know, asakiyume, that a special woodblock plywood at McClain's called "All Shina" is very easy to carve and is quite durable: http://www.imcclains.com/catalog/blocks/allshina.html. You might order a few pieces of it if you place an order :) You can get a decent set of Japanese woodblock carving tools at Woodcraft store. You might have one local or go online: http://www.woodcraft.com/family.aspx?familyid=1349. If you think you might like to try woodblock, this set is on sale for $20!!! That's a STEAL! I have two of these sets and they are highly recommended in the woodblock community for students and intermediates as well :) Sorry my note is long. I get so excited about sharing woodblock info! And Yes...you are right....there are many pleasures in this life :) Hopefully soon I can get back to my woodblock, too.
vibharaj
Dec. 24th, 2006 01:14 am (UTC)
Wish u a merry christmas and a happy new year sis..Have a nice time :-)
deponti
Dec. 24th, 2006 03:28 am (UTC)
mo arigato gozaimasu Asakiyume! Here's wishing you and your family a lovely Christmas too..
yorukamome
Dec. 24th, 2006 09:15 am (UTC)
浅き夢様に、雄家族も、メリークリスマス
と新年おめでとうございます。

夜かもめ。
usha123
Dec. 24th, 2006 12:39 pm (UTC)
Merry Christmas and a very happy new year
yorukamome
Dec. 24th, 2006 06:38 pm (UTC)
for your Christmas...an old work I happened in a
strange moment of my life to offer as sort of an
EX-VOTO to a Sanctuary in northern Italy:

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting

夜かもめ。
asakiyume
Dec. 25th, 2006 11:53 am (UTC)
It is so beautiful! Thank you so very, very much for giving me this lovely card.

とってもうれしいです!かもめがマリア様のそばにいて、とってもいい事だと思います。
everyonesakitty
Dec. 25th, 2006 03:19 am (UTC)
Thank you! I hope you're having a wonderful holiday! *sends extra holiday cheer!*
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