Drawing Table
I’ve always loved experimenting, so I’ve explored many different techniques and media including graphite, pen & ink, etching, watercolor, gouache, colored pencil, oil, acrylic, digital (Photoshop), polymer clay, fiber, found objects and collage. I’ve enjoyed them all and learned much from each, and I still have a restless urge to try new techniques. Lately I’ve been dabbling in animation and vector illustration, just for fun. But most of my gallery work these days is a combination of collage and acrylic. Above is a picture of my drawing table set-up. You can see my palette, which I keep in an old tin to slow drying, and a few jars of pre-mixed colors of Golden Fluid Acrylic, my current favorite. You can also see the teeny-tiny brushes I love, along with some bigger ones I use mainly for backgrounds and glazes. At the lower left is the edge of a printed collage piece, glazed with translucent color in preparation for painting.
My studio is stuffed with old books and papers that I’ve found mainly at our local flea market. I especially love 19th-century textbooks and instruction manuals, which can often be had for a dollar or two. I scan texts and sometimes maps and illustrations from these sources, them print them archivally to use as a collage base for my paintings.

“The Fulfillment Department” Etsy shop packaging

Studio scene, Etsy packaging area, Leah Palmer Preiss

My husband always teases me when I’m packaging stuff up for my Etsy shop by calling me “The Fulfillment Department.” I have to admit, I actually enjoy the packaging part. It’s an offshoot of my lifelong obsession with gift wrapping, I think.

I recently found a great old glassed-in shelf/cabinet at the Flea Market that I knew was meant to preside over my shipping table. Now packaging is even more of a pleasure!