Thursday, April 18, 2024
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Daily Photo: The Incriminating Pawprint

black inky pawprint
An inky black pawprint on my work surface…

Mewsette supervises my every act on my work table, from close range. I typically shoo everyone off, to their amusement, but I really do let them have their way for a while and ignore them, they soon grow bored and leave, and if they don’t I give them their very own sleeping box or basket and they are generally happy with that. Then I can get out the paints or inks or adhesives or whatever I don’t want cat hair stuck to and get to work.

However, Mewsette feels she is an artist in training; witness her success with her recent cardboard project.

black cat looking at linoleum block
Mewsette settles in to watch me work.

So when I was printing t-shirts and she would not leave, I decided to give her a chance. I like her quiet company, and she likes it when I talk to her as I work. The blocks and ink and papers and brayers and all were already set up and prepared and I had put the tees on hangers as part of my ignoring them and doing something else to distract them.

black cat watching work
Mewsette watches to make sure the ink is evenly applied.

Mewsette watched carefully, drawing closer with each step. I stirred my ink, coated my platen and inked up my block, laid down a t-shirt face up, slipped a piece of fome-cor inside, placed the inked block on it face down, flipped the shirt and slide my hand inside to press the shirt against the block to print the ink onto the fabric. This process of printing the shirts is why I couldn’t stop in the middle and move a cat who’d decided they needed to sleep on the t-shirt.

black cat watches printing
Mewsette ensures a quality print 0n every shirt.

Wonderful! I did several shirts to Mewsette’s purring and squinting approval.

But then I inked up the block and turned to get a tee, turned back around, and…

black inky pawprint
An inky black pawprint on my work surface…

…apparently Mewsette thought she’d get a start on printing the shirt, even without the shirt on the block.

“Mewsette!” I cried. “Let me see your paw!” Ha! A lot of good that would do, black ink on a black paw! But she had taken several steps and apparently “walked it off”, though how she’d done this in the time it took me to turn around and get a shirt and turn back…well, she’s a cat, that’s how.

black cat rubbing her face
Mewsette apologizes.

She certainly acted apologetic, rubbing her face along my boxes of cards like a good girl, and purring and squinting up a storm.

I had her sit farther back, however, and told her she could help in a different way and hold up my piece of fome-cor when it wasn’t in use.

black cat with board leaning
Mewsette holds up my fome-cor while until I need to use it.

I’m just glad she didn’t walk on anything else with inky paws!

One very good reason to ensure your materials are not toxic to your cats, or yourself.

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