Lucy and Bean supervise the printing of Attack Cat Studio string tags that will be my business card. They are also engaging in cat tree politics, discussing the fine points of territory, thus reinforcing the Attack portion of studio’s existence. I plan to print 125 tags in this batch. Production came to a standstill because I blew a hole in my screen but that’s okay, I’ll burn another and the prints will be finished today!
A sampling of my studio life.
THANK YOU! KatzenworldBlog for the awesomely interesting book! I love it. It is the perfect companion to some of my other art books about pets in art. It’s purrr-fect!
Another new book for my collection!
I sat in the Tabby Shack and did some sketching of the cats. The strong afternoon sun filtered through the lattice, both in the way the little diamond-openings revealed the greening spring to the outside, and the way the light punched through the same openings to the inside, casting a geometric pattern on cats, shelves, and grass.
I used my Derwent Watercolor Pencils and tried to capture the impression of cat activity and the mingling light.
Hanging out in the Tabby Shack.
Watercolor pencil, 8″ x 8″ Carol Parker Mittal
I am intensely curious and love learning new things, especially about art. This week, I took a class at Black Bird Arts on how to do photo lithography on clay. It was a simple process using toner copies, and oil based stains. I immortalized Lucy, Bean, and Vera (of course!) on my slab vase . These pictures show a little about the process and the printmaking on the unfired clay. Stay tuned for the results after the firing!
An inked image of Lucy ready to apply to the clay.
Lucy printed on vase before firing.
The “plates” used to transfer the images to the clay.
Vera and a little bit of Bean.
It’s spring, spring, spring! For your consideration, I include two sketches that interpret the season.
Don’t know what else to say about this. Pretty self-explanatory…
Cats enjoy spring in their own ways.
It’s finally feline ready! The Tabby Shack! Our catio features a walk-out gangway from the dining room window, comfortable territory, and lots of shelves, platforms, and levels for jumping, traversing, and resting. So far, we are still getting used to the idea of coming and going through the window, and understanding that it’s safe in our Tabby Shack, but every time we go out, it gets more awesome! Here are some pictures of Lucy, Vera, and Bean, checking out the new digs. Don’t mind the dust, as we still have to plant the catnip and put in the corner sandbox. There’s even going to be some camouflage-type landscaping to help us feel even more safe, and to beautify our neighborhood just in time to enjoy the early spring weather. Viva la Tabby Shack!
Trying various materials for Caturday by combining acrylic, collage, and screenprinting. Having a lot of fun in my studio this week seeing where spontaneity takes me. My model for this piece is my sassy cat, Vera.
Mixed-media experiment in my sketchbook featuring Miss Vera.
I’ve been getting my Etsy shop, Attack Cat Studio, online all week. My handmade books are featured so far with plans to have a few more available within the week. Ultimately, the shop will include some of my other art. Right now, I’m trying to work out the font and design that will be used on print media like tags, business cards, etc. My cat-spiration for the drawing comes from Lucy, Bean, and Vera. I thought it best since they help me so much when I’m painting or making books. (Ha!) These ever-present studio companions are not ferocious to people, but if there is a string, or shredded paper, or a scrap of fabric, around, look out! Attack Cat!
Reasonable draft of print design for Attack Cat Studio.
Hand made journal or sketchbook. Suede, stitched cover, watercolor paper. Carol Parker Mittal
I’ve always kept a blank book around. I started my first diary when I was 10 years old. It became a habit that I would follow my whole life. My diaries have evolved into sketchbooks over the years and I can’t imagine not having a place to put my ideas, solve problems, draw pictures, or make lists. That’s why I make hand made books. My blank books are for people who need a place to pursue and store their personal expressions. Check out my new Etsy shop and see what I’ve been up to at Attack Cat Studio.