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the august break 2012

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

the august break 2012
last week susannah posted about the august break 2012 and i signed up immediately. the idea is we post an image a day (or whatever your posting schedule is) and take a break from writing posts. while i still love this space, this has not been the most creative summer, and a blog vacation will do me good. having a month to work without worrying about writing nightly, or picking etsy finds, is a welcome respite. i plan to post only instant images (with polaroid, fuji, and impossible project films), so there will be a little creativity here… but i’ll be back in september with a bunch of posts so you can read about what i did in august! ciao!

summer colors week : red

Friday, July 1st, 2011



top: red chair outside of second life music on prinsengracht, april 11.
bottom: red light district off of singel, april 10.

(it’s poppytalk’s summer colors week)

summer colors week : rainbow

Thursday, June 30th, 2011



top: sugar bowl at bagels & beans on haarlemerstraat, april 10.
bottom: flowers along lijnbaansgracht, with la ninja, april 9.

(yes, i’m pushing it a bit for poppytalk’s summer colors week)

summer colors week : blue

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011



top: vintage chair outside of bebob on kiezersgracht, april 12.
bottom: vintage mini on leidsegracht, april 13.

(it’s poppytalk’s summer colors week)

summer colors week : pink

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011



top: hearts hanging in ndsm in amsterdam noord, april 10.
bottom: tulips in bloemenmarkt, april 10.

(it’s poppytalk’s summer colors week)

summer colors week : yellow

Monday, June 27th, 2011

 tulips outside of ivy on leidseplein, april 13.

graffiti on spuistraat, april 10.

top: tulips outside of ivy on leidseplein, april 13.
bottom: graffiti on spuistraat, april 10.

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it’s poppytalk’s summer colors week, and i’m playing along with polaroids from my spring amsterdam trip.

emulsion lifts

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

fish 2003
this week i finally jumped in and tried emulsion lifts. i first downloaded how-tos from the web in 1999, and they were so intimidating: 120 degree water. tongs. distilled water. 2 pages of instructions. it took me a really long time to get around to trying it.

but it really is pretty simple: boil water, place a photo (peel-apart film, polaroid or fujifilm) into a tray of the hot water until the emulsion begins to peel, then move to cold water to remove the emulsion from the photo backing. place onto a sheet of paper. that’s the jist of it!

the photo above was created using my daylab slide printer. the slide was created from a photo i took in chinatown new york a few years ago.  i still need to fiddle and figure out how to reduce the rolling on the edges, but i’m ready for that challenge and am looking forward to making more transfers.


Monday, February 22nd, 2010

fairview & minnehaha

fairview & minnehaha

fairview & minnehaha

i recently acquired a polaroid back for my holga camera, and a bunch of expired film.

i hadn’t used my holga since my college photography class — the film is a challenge to load/unload when one doesn’t have a darkroom. so i was excited to have a means to use it again without needing to relearn how to load film.

i knew the polaroid film was expired, but i had no idea it was soooo expired. at first i was really bummed out about the state of the photos i took this weekend, but now they’re growing on me. i think they each need a story. like this:

she didn't think


Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

fish 2003
years ago, i took a class on polaroid transfers. i fell in love with the process: i bought my own daylab, i had slides made of my favorite photos, and i did my best to perfect the image transfer technique onto paper before the emulsion completely developed. and as quickly as my obsession developed, it faded and my daylab was relegated to storage.

but finding old slides from when my parents first met renewed my interest in producing prints from slides. and the very last issue of craft had a quickie tutorial on emulsion transfers that didn’t scare me like other tutorials on the technique. so i’ve pulled the daylab out of the closet and have been fiddling.

while the polaroid 669 film i used to use has been discontinued, fujifilm’s fp-100c is a great alternative. (pARTiers – remember how much of 669 film we went through?! it’s sacrilegious to think of now!) i’m currently printing a series from slides from 1972, and wanting to try emulsion transfers this weekend. stay tuned…


Monday, February 15th, 2010

from jen
friday i received a valentine package from jen. it was full of fun valentine ephemera.

saturday i joined anna and her sister ellie at highpoint center for printmaking for their free ink afternoon, and we made monoprint valentines. that night i shared a piece of cafe latté’s turtle cake with a friend.

valentine mobile
sunday i finished my valentine mobile. and ate red and pink m&m’s for lunch.

hope your valentine’s day was sweet.


Friday, February 12th, 2010

my geranium upstairs is blooming, bright red.

simple joys.

happy weekend.


Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

i’m really liking my fujifilm instax 210. i’m not a polaroid-purist: instant film is a joy for me regardless of the brand. i have polaroids from childhood that are over 30 years old, and the instant gratification still cannot be beat by digital cameras. and even though there are rumors that the impossible project is going to start producing polaroid film this year, i’m happy to support fujifilm and load up on their film stock!

what took me so long?

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

a good day for soup and a baguette
i finally treated myself to my tomato soup over the weekend. and yes, i could taste fresh tomatoes and feel a summer breeze on my face.

(the moaning and groaning that go along with canning were worth it.)

etsy : film monsters

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

etsy : film monsters : sx70 tshirt for men
i have to say i am so in love with my sx70 that some days i want to marry it.

just kidding.

but i love having control over depth of field. maybe a tshirt in honor of my love is in order. like this sx70 camera tshirt from film monsters.

photo credit: film monsters etsy shop 

for the love of instant film

Monday, February 1st, 2010

hello, and welcome to february!

i’ve decided that february is instant film month here at painted fish studio. for the next four weeks, my posts will be about or photographed with instant film. i’ve got lots of ideas, and think i can pull it off, despite a full-time job and limited access to daylight hours. but i will try!

silly girl

Friday, February 13th, 2009

fall shirt dress - sunset yellow
i went on a date last month, and i thought it went well. i got a little over-excited and ordered a lemonstory fall shirt dress – sunset yellow from etsy seller kimenna in anticipation of another date.

the dress arrived a little over a week ago, and i love it. the guy? he never called. but that’s ok, i have an amazing dress!

and that concludes yellow week. oh wait, i want to include a link to coldplay’s yellow, the soundtrack for the day… and i want to thank ayama, for sharing yellow of warmer climes!

happy weekend!

looking for yellow, part 2

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

more yellow goodness…

yellow sign
highway 10, anoka

yellow wall
university avenue

yellow building
caesar chavez drive

ayama has daily uploads of yellow in singapore on her blog sew what. i love yesterday’s elusive koi.

looking for yellow

Monday, February 9th, 2009

it’s yellow week here at painted fish studio, and at ayama’s sew what. i’ve been missing yellow… we don’t see it much in nature here during the winter, so i’ve been searching for it in other places.

yellow chair
university avenue

yellow a
snelling & larpenter avenues

yellow church
hamline avenue

ayama is in singapore sharing her finds with us this week. i can almost feel the warm breezes of the southern hemisphere…

looking for orange, part 2

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

part 1

looking for orange

looking for orange

looking for orange

looking for orange

Monday, November 10th, 2008

we had a wonderful indian summer last week for 4 days: 70′s and warm, about 30 degrees warmer than average. work is slow, so last tuesday i took a long lunch and walked around the warehouse district, looking for orange:

looking for orange no. 1

looking for orange no. 2

looking for orange no. 3

a few more will be posted wednesday… happy monday!