Saturday, December 18, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas everyone!

I'm taking a break from posting to enjoy the holidays. Plus, most of the work I'm doing these couple weeks is preparing for upcoming shows - which doesn't make for very interesting updates.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Upcoming 2-person exhibit

Oh look, I'm on the web at the Gainey Gallery's website.

From January 4 - February 10 at the Gainey Gallery I will be doing a two-person show with Jamin Rollin. Her "Reverto Ut Terra" will showcase her mix media works on paper and my "dis/array" will have some of my larger woodcuts.

The reception will be held on Sunday, January 23rd from 2:00pm-3:30pm. Mark your calendars!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Prints from Litho Workshop

This is what I printed this weekend thanks to my awesome printing team with Taylor & Joel!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Happy Lithography Weekend!

This weekend (Friday through Sunday) we're holding a lithography workshop at Kendall. I'm working on an aluminum plate litho and also helping/teaching how to process and print both litho stones & plates.

Here's my first litho plate for this weekend - etched but not printed yet. I'd like to get a second one finished soon too.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Monday, December 6, 2010

Etchings Printed

Here they are printed all together - I think it still needs something...

And here are a couple of them individually printed...

Saturday, December 4, 2010

More Etchings In-Progress

7 out of 9 etchings are just about done, but 2 of them need another round in the acid bath before I print them.

Thursday, December 2, 2010


Did the first etch of the main lines in my little series of nice 3 x 3 inch little etchings today.

(Here they are before & during the first etch. All the little plates taking over the acid bath looked funny. )

Now I'm experimenting with some different textures on each of the plates - here they're waiting for the second round in the acid. Hopefully I can give an update with a proof next time.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving (Eve)!

I'm taking time out from printing & blog posting in order to take a nice break & spend time with family.

(Ok, that's not completely true as I have 9 small copper plates & an etching needle waiting in my bag.)

Tis the season of thanks, so thank you so much to all of you who follow my blog! I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving tomorrow!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Prepping Copper Plates

I just etched a scratched plate, prepped & put hard ground on 9 little 3x3 inch plates, aquatinted a 8x9 inch plate, & sandblasted a 9x12 inch plate for a mezzotint tonight.

I think I've got just a few intaglio prints coming up!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

A Collage, Perhaps?

Today's teaser photo:

 I am still in the brainstorming phase of using all of these stencil scraps for a collage. Stay tuned.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Career Day

It's Printmaking/Drawing Career Day at Kendall, so I'm busy listening to artist talks & critiques. I'll post something more interesting next time!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

More Mezzotint

Yes, more mezzotint-ing! I pulled a proof yesterday...

... and then worked the print some more to the current state. I had issues proofing today, so this one's a bit light. I'd like to take it a bit farther, but I need to take a break & contemplate the changes a bit more before I make any.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Still Mezzotint-ing

Yup, still working on the mezzotint. I burnished more into the parts I want white. I did some dry point work into it for some subtle lines. I apologize for the bad photo - I forgot my camera. At least it's showing off the shininess. 

Friday, November 12, 2010


I started a mezzotint this week. I "cheated" by sandblasting the plate to get an overall dark tone. I'm ok with it being a bit inconsistent. Here's a photo of how it printed so far with just the overall dark base (the large white chunks are actually damaged bits of paper).

And here's what the plate looks like now. You can see how most of it is rather textural (which holds ink & prints black) and how parts are getting shiny smooth where I've burnished (or rubbed) smooth and will print lighter. The sharpie lines will wash off, and are just there as I plan out the plate. More updates to come!  

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Screen Print

I made a screen print in conjunction with a print exchange in my grad/thesis printmaking class. The image came from a photoshopped image of my woodcuts. I got a bit print-happy and pulled two editions plus extras. Below is the one edition of fifteen prints laid out.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Dry Point Printed

Here's that dry point I did a few posts ago, but printed! I'll be using it to demonstrate intaglio printing for a demo tomorrow. 

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Woodcuts Return II

The four prints that I wrote about last time are now hanging up in the grad space at Kendall. I think they look great, if I may say so myself!

I finished the other two prints last night with their second layers. I'm debating whether or not to add a third layer to one of them. Detail photos of these prints to come next time!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

The Woodcuts Return

My large square wood blocks are making a comeback! Yesterday I printed the first layer of four prints... 

... and then today I printed the second layer on three of the prints and first layer on two more. I'll add more layers tomorrow & later this week. Ah, my studio is looking good again with a nice group of big woodcuts. Detail photos to come! 

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Dry Point

I did a small 5 x 7 inch dry point on plexi-glass yesterday. (I needed one for a demo I'll be doing in a week or so.) I haven't printed it yet, but here is what the plexi plate looks like. It's sort of a negative of what the print will look like - since anything white will hold ink and print black & the clear parts (which look black due to the black behind it here) will be white. The lines were scratched in with an etching needle & the cloudy parts were due to sandpaper.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Small Print Exhibit

The oil-themed Day of the Dead small print exhibit's opening was tonight. The one that I sent in an edition of small grey polyurethane-coated woodcuts to. Of course I forgot my camera so I don't have more photos to share for the second blog post in a row. My apologies!

In the meantime, check out the website for the exhibit's location at Red Hydrant Press - it's a pretty awesome place!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Litho In-Progress

I ideally wanted to show you another in-progress photo of how well my litho drawing was coming along... but then the tusche wash wasn't doing what I wanted it to do today, so I'm set back a bit and don't want to share the not-so-great stage that it's in now. Maybe next time I post I'll be feeling better about it.... I hope!

Monday, October 25, 2010

New Litho Drawing

New litho stone drawing in progress! Just going to add a tusche wash and then I'll etch the stone. 

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Free Radial & SITE:LAB

Last night's events went great!

The installation at SITE:LAB looked great, thanks so much again to Taylor & Alison for your help!

My art made an appearance  with Free Radical on Division St...

... and with MFA Club on Ionia.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Installation - Final Round!

Alison & Taylor did a great job with the orange room's ceiling on the sixth round of spray painting. Thank you girls so much!

...and in the meantime I finished both floors.

This means that the installation is finished! The one and only chance to view the rooms in person (as well as the rest of the great SITE:LAB installations in the 833 Lake Dr SE building) will be Friday October 22nd (tomorrow!) from 5-11pm. I will also have my prints showing with Free Radical that same night at both the 44 Ionia building (with KCAD MFA Club) and at 134 Division S.