Epson PictureMate PM-400 Review and Giveaway!

Epson-PM400-Cathe-Holden-06Earlier this year I shared the fabulous Epson SureColor® P400 Wide Format Inkjet Printer. I have always had excellent experiences with Epson printers, so I was super pleased to be asked to use and review another, the Epson PictureMate PM-400 Personal Photo Lab.

From Epson: The  PictureMate PM-400 is a compact, wireless, photo printer that packs a big punch. This lightweight printer’s job is to deliver beautiful borderless 4″x6″ and 5″x7″ photos. Featuring wireless printing, plus Wi-Fi Direct®, it can print directly from your iPad, iPhone, tablet, or smartphone in as fast as 36 seconds. Get stacks of photos with convenient Print Packs that don’t take up additional space, includes ink cartridge and 100 sheets of 4″ x 6″ photo paper. Photos are smudge, scratch, water, and fade resistant and last up to 200 years.

Check out this video:

The first time I used it I set it next to the couch to print photos while watching my favorite Netflix show. Look how adorable this little thing is!
Epson-PM400-Cathe-Holden-02I printed 4″x6″ jpeg files from my laptop (that I’d previously edited in Photoshop) of my assemblage art pieces. (Please note the image being printed below was very dark and shadowed to begin with.)Epson-PM400-Cathe-Holden-03I was so pleased with the colors, detail and clarity of the printing as well as the quality of the Epson photo paper.Epson-PM400-Cathe-Holden-01I found this nice, small leather-like photo album for 4″ x 6″ photos to use as a portfolio for showing my artwork.Epson-PM400-Cathe-Holden-05

I adhered the photos to the thick, self-stick pages, and can add more as I go- up to 20 per book.Epson-PM400-Cathe-Holden-04Of course the printer is great for printing family and vacation images, like these below for a quick photo display, all sent to the printer from my iPhone.SCJ-May-Post-Cathe-HoldenBecause this little printer is so portable and easy to use with so many different devices. I keep it loaded with photo paper in the studio for use anytime. It just might motivate me to start printing years of family photos I’ve neglected and are tucked away in files on my desktop for putting into albums. And next time we have a gathering I can set it out for guests to use in the moment- how awesome is that! Just imagine the possibilities for photo booth prints, creating instant albums for special events such as bridal, baby showers, and birthday celebrations (think party swag!).

Check out my photo display Pinterest board for more ideas for sharing print-on-demand photos.

Enter the Epson PictureMate PM-400 GIVEAWAY

 A $199 Value!

Epson-PM400-Cathe-Holden-07Epson is offering a Epson PictureMate PM-400 Personal Photo Lab to one JSIM reader!!

TO ENTER: Leave a nice, relevant comment below. Entry open to US residents only. One entry per person, please.

DEADLINE: Enter by Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at noon, PST. A winner will be randomly chosen, notified and posted here shortly thereafter. PictureMate will be shipped to winner direct from Epson.

CONGRATULATIONS #149 Suesue Bollinger!

Thanks to all who visited and entered. Stay tuned for more awesome product giveaways!

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Assemblage Art: Part 3

Welcome to another installment of my current assemblage projects.Cathe-Holden-Art-Website I created a new website just for my art- where I will continue to add to my portfolio, and you can find pricing if interested in purchasing.Cathe-Holden-Art-Sign This weekend I have a table to sell my assemblages at Art Trunk Santa Rosa during the Art-Is-You West Coast Retreat. If you’re in Northern California, I’d love to meet you. There will be loads of fabulous vendors there. Keep an eye on my instagram to see my view of the show.

– Floral Enforcement –

This Special Patrol policeman is cracking down on solids and geometrics.Cathe-Holden-Assemblage-Floral-Enforcement-BCathe-Holden-Assemblage-Floral-Enforcement-2BX


– 2B Young –

Memories of jump ropes and chocolate-malted milk takes me back to innocence.Cathe-Holden-Assemblage-2B-Young-BCathe-Holden-Assemblage-2B-Young2B

– 690 –

I like that my art can tell stories composed by their final owner. Therefor I often create vague names from an element (such as a number tag component) within the art.



– Recovery–

He poured his drink onto the earth
Vowing none more to consume.
From his promise a garden grew
With hope in every bloom.

Addiction played the major role in the untimely passing of each of my three oldest siblings. This piece is one of support for those who work so hard to recover from theirs.


Thanks for all the positive feedback in the two previous Assemblage Art Boxes posts. I love knowing what you think of them.

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Assemblage Art: Part 2

Collecting vintage goods and incorporating them into art has become one of my favorite creative endeavors. Assemblage Art, Mixed Media Assemblage, Altered Art, Junk art… so many names I can hardly decide which fits them best, so for now I’ll just refer to them as assemblage art boxes.

I have been completing about one a week since 2016 began. I feel like I am finally putting every single bit of my studio to use. I’ve been experimenting with new products such as adhesives and modeling paste, and I’m using power tools I’d been neglecting to try in my craft projects. I really enjoy the resourcing of pieces in shops and digs, the planning of multiple layers within each, and how the overall composition of a piece comes together magically, and with much patience.

Below are my most current pieces, (previous ones can be found here.) I plan to have them all for sale soon. I’d love to know what you think!

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Hunt & Gather: An Ode to Online Shopping

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