Placemat varieties.

Laminated Placemats

This gallery displays all of my Laminated Placemats.

Happy Birthday! placemat

“The Birthday Party” Laminated Placemat is 11 x 17 laminated with 5 mil laminate, available singly and in sets of two and four. Price includes shipping.

These placemats are printed on both sides of 110# matte cover stock and then laminated with 5 mil laminate. They can be used for water and food bowls as well as placemats for your table, or any surface that needs a little protection.

ABOUT THE ARTWORK

Finally, the big day is here—the birthday! The Fantastic Four were five years old! Of course, they have no concept of this and it’s totally unimportant since the world did not exist before they were here. And they certainly don’t mind the special breakfast and treats and the all-day catnip party, but the party hats were more fun to chew on and play with than to wear.

It’s backed with “Five Cats in a Line”, the same five cats at another dinner meeting from the post “Still Celebrating Black Cats”, which I’d posted in both black and white and color on Black Cat Appreciation Day in August 2012.

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All images used on this site are copyrighted to Bernadette E. Kazmarski unless otherwise noted and may not be used without my written permission. Please ask if you are interested in using one in a print or internet publication. If you are interested in purchasing a print of this image or a product including this image, check to see if I have it available already. If you don’t find it there, visit “purchasing” for availability and terms.

"Waiting for Mom" 11 x 14 laminated placemat.

“Waiting for Mom” Laminated Placemat is 11 x 15 laminated with 5 mil laminate, available singly and in sets of two and four. Price includes shipping.

Placemats are printed on one side of 110# matte cover stock and then laminated with 5 mil laminate. They can be used for water and food bowls as well as placemats for your table, or any surface that needs a little protection.

ABOUT THE ARTWORK

I painted this in 1989, just about three years after I began seriously working my way through learning to draw simply by drawing all the time, after work at night and on the weekend—and of course, I was painting my cats. It is painted in pastel, but when I began I hadn’t even purchased real pastels yet, I was still working largely in colored chalk.

And so it was, though I had no idea at the time that I was launching a new career. And looking at this painting even today, I have no idea how I did it then. I didn’t have the skill, insight, ability to visualize or any of the ephemeral abilities I have now, but I managed to see the essential details and put them on paper.

But I didn’t set out to create a portrait—that was all in the future—and, for this last time, with the knowledge that I never needed to show it to anyone, ever, if I didn’t think it was acceptable.

You can read more about this piece of artwork and Fawn on the page about this painting.

 

"22 Cats" 11 x 11 laminated placemat.

“22 Cats” Laminated Placemat is 11 x 11 laminated with 5 mil laminate, available singly and in sets of two and four. Price includes shipping.

Placemats are printed on one side of 110# matte cover stock and then laminated with 5 mil laminate. They can be used for water and food bowls as well as placemats for your table, or any surface that needs a little protection.

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This pattern is a collage of all 16 portraits—22 cats in all—included in my Great Rescues Day Book. I’ve painted portraits of pets since 1992 and I’d always wanted to publish them somehow, and since most are rescues I always wanted to share their stories as well, and this came together in Great Rescues. The pattern repeats six times on the paper so you are sure to be able to fit all the cats on one project or just cut out the cats you want. This pattern is printed on one side of 70# gloss text weight paper.

 

 

Kelly Has a Drink, 11 x 17

“Kelly Has a Drink” Laminated Placemat is 11 x 17 laminated with 5 mil laminate, available singly and in sets of two and four. Price includes shipping.

Placemats are printed on one side of 110# matte cover stock and then laminated with 5 mil laminate. They can be used for water and food bowls as well as placemats for your table, or any surface that needs a little protection.

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What legs! Kelly really did have long legs, especially when she did her drinking dance, solidly planting all four paws, then prancing her hind paws and waving her tail while she drank. There’s something so precious about Kelly drinking; I think it had to do with her timid nature, yet she totally enjoyed her water so I enjoyed her enjoyment.

This is the last sketch I did of Kelly while she was still with me in August 2012, ironic that I would catch one of the poses I really wanted to be sure to catch before it was too late. It’s one of those poses I’d watched Kelly take for years, her little drinking stance, leaning way down from those long legs and lapping noisily at the water; for such a fastidious and rather timid kitty, she made noises drinking and bathing that I could hear two rooms away, and they always made me laugh.

But there is always something like this that we remember about our animal companions, something that makes no sense to anyone else. You know, the odd bathing position, the awkward sleeping habit, the strange toy, all these things are what show us they really are individuals and are often the things we remember the longest about them.

 

You can read more about this piece of artwork and Kelly on the page about this sketch.

 

Five Black Cats in color.

“Five Black Cats” Laminated Placemat is 11 x 17 laminated with 5 mil laminate, available singly and in sets of two and four. Price includes shipping.

These placemats are printed on both sides of 110# matte cover stock and then laminated with 5 mil laminate. They can be used for water and food bowls as well as placemats for your table, or any surface that needs a little protection.

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I know the photo is blurry but people continue to enjoy it and they’re so darned cute. It also kind of reminds me of the old photos I often see from before we had digital cameras—a little blurry, a little oversaturated, a little skewed. It’s the Fantastic Four and then Mimi: Bean, Sunshine, Mewsette, Giuseppe and Mimi, all thinking they are going to get something while I am at the sink. Well, I did wave some treats, that might have gotten their attention.

And because the photo above was looking particularly vintage, I thought I’d give it another vintage treatment, black and white with a halftone pattern.

Lazy Saturday Afternoon, 9 x 12.

“Lazy Saturday Afternoon” Laminated Placemat is 11 x 15 laminated with 5 mil laminate, available singly and in sets of two and four. Price includes shipping.

Placemats are printed on one side of 110# matte cover stock and then laminated with 5 mil laminate. They can be used for water and food bowls as well as placemats for your table, or any surface that needs a little protection.

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It’s Giuseppe in the front in teal, Mewsette draped off the edge in green, and Jelly Bean in purple. Rather than use the colors I associate with each of them, these colors came about because of the reflections on each of them from the window light, the mirror behind them and the walls. I hadn’t intended to do them in different colors though! This time I actually wanted them to be purple, maybe, with tints of other colors, but here we are again.

No watercolor pencils this time, no pencil lines, just the colors and a brush and three cats having a really good afternoon nap on top of the wardrobe—so good they stayed still long enough for me to paint the basics before they moved. This is a first for me (not them, they nap all the time)—I have never been able to watercolor without an underlying pencil sketch. I’ve never put the brush to paper and felt I had enough control to just paint in watercolors. I have to credit all the daily experience of my daily sketches with giving me this confidence and control. My goal was this loose quality, though, just enough to indicate their shapes and positions, no more.

You can read more about this piece of artwork on the page about this painting.

 

Stanley With Geraniums, 9 x 12.

“Stanley With Geraniums” Laminated Placemat is 9 x 12 laminated with 5 mil laminate, available singly and in sets of two and four. Price includes shipping.

Placemats are printed on one side of 110# matte cover stock and then laminated with 5 mil laminate. They can be used for water and food bowls as well as placemats for your table, or any surface that needs a little protection.

ABOUT THE ARTWORK
This painting is one I’ve wanted to do for years—since the very moment it depicts, in fact, on July 30, 2006, in fact, when Stanley and I enjoyed a Sunday morning on the deck.

As I’ve been digging through old photos while moving them to my studio and organizing, both prints and digitals, I’m finding special moments I’d forgotten, moments of inspiration, beauty and especially a growing closeness with my older generation of cats even as they stepped ever closer to their last days with us. While it seemed like any other morning, looking at the rest of the photos from this day, I can see this was a quietly memorable morning. This was Stanley’s last summer with us, he’d been with me for 21 years and at my best guess was 25 years old, and he and I spent every possible moment together, especially out on the deck. While he slept most of the time and was fragile and often confused, each time our eyes met we built a deepening bond I’ll always carry with me; we had lost Moses and Cream in the spring, Lucy had just joined us in June, and though there were seven (or more) other cats in the house, Stanley and I carved out time for just the two of us nearly every day.

 Detail of "Stanley With Geraniums".

Detail of “Stanley With Geraniums”.

And on this morning when I looked at Stanley sleeping on the table I knew I’d want to remember this moment and to paint it, and visualized the painting in this style. But believe it or not, for as often as you see this particular style of ink sketch with watercolor washes, I was not at all skilled with it at that time and had only tentatively experimented in a few sketches. The desire to see this painting on paper was one of the driving forces for me to work this out, find the right drawing pen with the right ink, the right brushes and set of watercolors. And finally, seven years later, here it is.

The details are comforting to look at: the round picnic table where I’ve spent so much time with and without cats; the faded linen dishtowel calendar with the cardinals, one of many with birds, all of which are beyond threadbare and completely faded now; the mug I loved for my Sunday morning coffee; the binoculars my mother had used to watch birds and I “inherited” for birdwatching, given to her by someone who’d served in Viet Nam; the geraniums, collected over years from friends and family, overwintered and renewed each year—they are ancestors of the ones you see in my photos today.

Here is the reference photo, and as I remember Stanley this month—we had a little escape in July that year which I’ll be writing about—I’ll be sharing other photos as well.

photo of cat on table with flowers

Reference photo for “Stanley With Geraniums”

You can see I took a number of liberties with lightening the entire scene and reorganizing some of the flowers, but this particular digital camera was not terribly accurate for color or lighting, and being able to change some of the details is part of the fun and challenge of creating an original piece of artwork. I actually liked the flag in this photo and had originally intended to include it because I’d brought it home from the Carnegie Memorial Day parade I’d taken my mother to in May and that was a memory too, but I didn’t want to “date” this painting for a holiday or event, or set it for a country since many of my readers and collectors are from other countries. That detail was not so important to me as the others I included.

You can read more about this piece of artwork on the page about this painting.

Happy Meow-lo-ween 11 x 17 laminated placemat

“Happy Meow-lo-ween” Laminated Placemat is 11 x 17 laminated with 5 mil laminate, available singly and in sets of two and four. Price includes shipping.

Placemats are printed on one side of 110# matte cover stock and then laminated with 5 mil laminate. They can be used for water and food bowls as well as placemats for your table, or any surface that needs a little protection.

ABOUT THE ARTWORK

This sketch from Halloween night in 2012 as I handed out my candy and all the knocking got to be a bit much for these four was destined to be a Halloween design. I put together my desktop calendars, but when I designed the card the sketch needed a little something extra so I drew a pumpkin to add to the design.

I also offer this design as a garden flag and a greeting card, and you can find handmade gift items by searching “Halloween“.

 

"Happy Meow-lo-ween" Pumpkin Panel Decoration

“Happy Meow-lo-ween” Pumpkin Panel Decoration is an 8.5″ x 11″ pumpkin-shaped painted and decorated wood panel made to hang on a wall or a door or stand up in a Halloween display. Price includes shipping.

 

I purchased a lightweight pumpkin-shaped wood panel in order to have some fun. It’s painted purple on the body and green on the stem and the sketch of the Four Housecats of the Apocalypse is printed on sticker material and adhered to one side. I added a leaf-decorated wired garland to decorate the stem.

It’s lightweight enough to hang on just about anything, and you can also lean it against another item or use a small easel to keep it upright in a table display. Mine hangs on my front door and has withstood a lot of temperature changes and humidity, so it could also spend sometime in an outdoor display that was protected from precipitation.

ABOUT THE ARTWORK

This sketch from Halloween night in 2012 as I handed out my candy and all the knocking got to be a bit much for these four was destined to be a Halloween design. I put together my desktop calendars, but when I designed the card the sketch needed a little something extra so I drew a pumpkin to add to the design.

I also offer this design as a garden flag and a greeting card, and you can find handmade gift items by searching “Halloween“.

Mewsette on the Afghan, 11 x 17 laminated placemat

“Mewsette on the Afghan” Laminated Placemat comes in two sizes, laminated with 5 mil laminate, available singly and in sets of two and four. Price includes shipping.

Placemats are available in 11 x 17 and 8 x 10. Placemats are printed on one side of 110# matte cover stock and then laminated with 5 mil laminate. They can be used for water and food bowls as well as placemats for your table, or any surface that needs a little protection.

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Mewsette nearly blends in with the afghan.

I’ll admit, this took a little longer than the usual 15 minutes maximum. I’ve been holding off the sketches with this afghan just because I knew they’d be time-consuming for part of the charm is the detail of all the colors. Today I could not pass up pretty Mewsette quietly napping on the afghan, especially when she opened her big yellow eyes. I drew the basic sketch in black, then later filled in the colors with every marker I have in the house. This afghan is more muted than this sketch shows, but I like the bright colors too.

I love that old afghan. My mother crocheted it years ago from a 1944 pattern book out of scraps of wool yarn. Each granny square is made of four rows, each a different color, with one last row of black; when the squares are sewn together there are two rows of black between each color set which gives it this stained-glass effect.

In creating my Daily Sketches of my cats I experiment and work in a different style and medium each day. You can read more about these three sketches and other on The Creative Cat (www.thecreativecat.net).

See other placemats under Handmade and Gifts.

 

 

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All images used on this site are copyrighted to Bernadette E. Kazmarski unless otherwise noted and may not be used without my written permission. Please ask if you are interested in using one in a print or internet publication. If you are interested in purchasing a print of this image or a product including this image, check to see if I have it available already. If you don’t find it there, visit “purchasing” for availability and terms.