Rain again today …

… but it did not keep us from getting things accomplished. Although, without the floor heaters I doubt there would be anything dry. Paper flowers pulled last Friday were finally dry enough to pop off their wire moulds. Paper leaves made just Tuesday in the rain were also dry – these had the advantage of being pressed, so that helped the process. The inside of the studio was jerry-rigged to handle three different drying stations. Still have a few more flowers from last week drying out and then all that will be finished.

The really large sheets that Mark started pulling during Tuesday’s intermittent showers are still waiting for the sun – promised for tomorrow. And we will pull at least 6 more of the big ones. (See pics below for some of the process.)

The sun is being counted on for all sorts of drying tasks tomorrow – we have two loads of laundry that need to dry, too! And the yard really needs to dry out as we are starting to make some muddy messes with our gum boots.

The best part of the constant cloud cover has been the fact that the temperature has not gone below 40 degrees F (nor has it gone much above 45 F – my hands and feet can attest to the damp temps!). With clearing skies, freezing temps will return at night.

We’ve had plenty of hot water (heated by the wood/coal stove), very hearty and healthy meals (including freshly made bread and desserts) and my hands/feet are currently warm – so all is good!





4 Replies to “Rain again today …”

  1. Ohhh, myyy… Such a challenge for papermakers! We are having the same here in SW Missouri – one dry day out of the last 10. But I know the two of you are up to the challenge – as long as the gum boots hold up! 🙂 Tell us about the mould at the forefront of the first photo – is it a shaped deckle and part of the project with the flowers? Can’t wait to see it all! And it is good to see old Markie doing is 1-man “Big Ass” paper pull (hope Julie McLaughlin is seeing this!). Take care and have fun! Tell Mark I will be in touch at a better time to give him new vitals since my move. Mimi ♥

    1. Mimi – you are right – it is a deckle with two leaves cut out. Mark keeps saying we made thousands, but I really think it is maybe a couple hundred. He plans on using them with all the flowers made up in his ‘paintings’ – Mark considers each flower and leaf to be a brushstroke.

    1. They ARE huge, Anne! He uses them behind his newest ‘paintings’. Would love to ring one back in my suitcase but Mark assures me the papers won’t get through customs. Drat!


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