Sunday, October 12, 2008


Please join the Bay Area Book Artist in their annual book arts celebration!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Attention printmakers:CALL FOR ART


Dear Artists,

We are currently seeking fresh pieces of art to include
in the upcoming book, Mixed Media Printmaking: Create
mixed-media art with simple printmaking techniques. The
book, published by Interweave Press, is slated for a SPRING
2009 release. In regard to technique, the focus of the book
is printmaking without the use of a press. The book then
shows how to incorporate such prints into mixed-media
creations. Therefore, we are requesting pieces that show
printmaking without a press as well as mixed-media pieces
that incorporate such prints.

We are seeking art that was created with the following
press-less techniques:
• Paper Stencil Screen Printing
• Screen Printing with Drawing Fluid and Screen Filler
Screen Printing, Photo Emulsion Technique
• Collagraph
• Monotype
• Gelatin Monotype
Relief Printing
Sun Printing

If you have unpublished art that illustrates the above
concepts, please contact us as soon as possible. We are
accepting submissions via email through Friday, October 17,
2008. Please see the attached idea form for more information
and submission guidelines. If your art is chosen, it will be
published (full-color) in the book. Your work will be
credited and you will also receive a complimentary copy of
the book.

Thank you very much for your time and interest. We look
forward to hearing from you.
> Sincerely,
> Dorit Elisha, Author
> Darlene D’Agostino, Editor

Sunday, September 21, 2008

A little blue bird

Just had to share this really beautiful photo that was taken by my friend Vickie Obermaier. I love these colors of the grape vine and the bird.
Also I would like to mention the upcoming BAY AREA BOOK ARTS JAM that will happen on October 18th at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills. If you live anywhere in the Bay Area this event is definitely worth your time! There will be a book arts exhibition, book arts vendors and demos throughout the day. More info is at

Friday, September 5, 2008

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Alaska adventure

August was very busy for me. I was away for most of the month. One of the places I went to was a cruise to Alaska! What an amazing place! From the glaciers to the fjords to the rain forest! This was an experience of a lifetime! Luckily we had a sunny weather so even climbing on a glacier wasn't too bad.
After a few days at home I went to Colorado for a photo shoot for my next book! That was a wonderful experience as well: being a part of "behind the scenes" of the publishing world.
I also had a chance to meet with a very sweet lady and fabulous artist - Lisa Hoffman who made me feel "at home away from home". Thank you Lisa!

Monday, July 28, 2008

Before and after..

This "after" picture is a result of 5 minutes play with Photoshop elements.
Real fun..

Friday, July 25, 2008

A Sneak Peek

I have been quiet for a while, not because I am not creating any art. I am working on a big project that consumes all my free time but I am enjoying every minute of it.
Here is a little glimpse.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

An Irresistible technique

Responding to Michelle Ward's challenge of this rubbing/resist technique I am posting some of my past collage work that was done using papers with the resist technique: The 2 pictures show collages made with different kinds of papers including some with wax resist. The butterfly was made with glue resist and stitching and the hand rubbing was made on top of more background rubbing with a different color.
The resist is one of my favorite ways to get texture on paper.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Fabulous weekend with Sabrina Ward Harrison

One of my all time favorite artists is Sabrina Ward Harrison, and I just have spent a whole weekend in a workshop with her and a small group of artists. Since I saw her books full of color photos of her journals I knew I had to get to know her and hear and see more. We met at Carol Parks’ place in LA, which was an inspiring place by itself, and we spent 2 wonderful summer days being quiet and listening, looking, walking, taking pictures, thinking, painting and writing. What I took away from this weekend is the ability to “forget” for a moment about all the hustle and bustle of the everyday, and just concentrate on my inner world. Normally I don’t give myself many opportunities to take a break, concentrate on this side of myself and put thoughts and feelings into words on paper. But over these two days that’s just what we all did and it felt very liberating. I hope I’ll be able to continue with this kind of journaling in the future.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Signs of Spring

Just a quick post to thank all of you who have already purchased a copy of my autobiographical-artsy book, and to let you know I am working on a second book! Details will be posted soon.
Happy spring in the mean time!

Monday, May 5, 2008

My first book is here!!

I am doing the happy dance! A second and a little bigger edition of my new book is here!
I love these colorful squared books and would be happy to send them away to any one who is interested. The book price is $30.00 + shipping. Inside you will find 70 pages of my colorful mixed media art: from fiber to paper, from printmaking to bookmaking and from collage to assemblage. (Wow, it even rhymes!). Please email me for a copy or more information. (
These are a couple of pages from the book. (There are more photos in some of my previous posts).


I just realized I have been tagged by Pamela who took my class at Artfest. Thank you Pamela! (I mean it!).(
I have to think hard and come up with 7 interesting facts about myself. So here they are:
1. I love to dance – folk dance and recently Salsa! The music is a big part of my enthusiasm.
2. I have an enormous number of collections, from Japanese Kokeshi dolls to green pottery, and from ethnic fabrics to ethnic masks.
3. My favorite place to spend a Saturday morning is in the flea market.
4. I am a total ignorant when it comes to computers.
5. I am first generation living in the US.
6. I lost my wallet in a taxi cab in Manhattan and got it back (minus the cash) from the driver.
7. I grew up in the same apartment where my father had his photo processing lab/store. I learned a lot from this experience.

Now I have to tag 7 people so here goes: (most of these great artists I have met except for two Lisa and Michelle whom I only "met" on line, but would love to meet "for real" some day).
Kelly (
Andrew ( /),
Kathy (
Lisa (
Michelle (
Judy ( and
Melissa (

Saturday, April 26, 2008

The "Tortilla Curtain" collaboration

Over the last few months I have been participating in a collaboration of artists working on prints based on the book “The Totilla Curtain” by T.C. Boyle. I love collaborating in general, and this specific project was a perfect way to showcase our different styles and takes on the theme. We have used many printmaking techniques and other mixed media as well. All of these 82 prints are now on display in different locations on the Foothill College Campus. The catalog and info are at this site:

Monday, April 7, 2008

So proud of my students/Artfest report

My fabulous yearly treat of a retreat is over. As always it was full of new discoveries - both artistically and socially. The day I taught brought so much satisfaction (see photos of my talented students) and the days I took workshops myself were amazing as well! Just being in this environment for 5 days is a great way to recharge for the whole coming year. Many thanks to the Moore family and their crew for their hard work!
Oh, one more thing: My books were very quickly all sold out but I am working on printing another edition. Please email me if you are interested in a copy! Thanks!