Tuesday, June 29, 2010

New Print!

Trying out the white again (which I know leads to difficulties with photographing it).

Also constructed this print a bit differently... but that's my own secret for now.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

My Print at Dinderbeck Studio

Today was the opening for Dinderbeck Studio's inaugural exhibit, "Soup: A Metaphor for Community". My print & I made an appearance.

The show will be open until July 9th. Check out Dinderbeck Studio at 323 Straight Ave. SW Grand Rapids, MI

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Triangle Pattern Printed... In Brown

I'm posting this just so that you all know that I AM still working on my woodcuts. The latest experiments have been with color instead of my default of black & white. I'm liking the look the neutral tones are giving me. More to come as I get them printed!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Second Litho Stone Printed!

Behold another small army of prints made this afternoon. These were actually from round 2 of printing, finishing the edition of this stone.


A sneak peak at what's to come... The pattern block prints are getting colorful!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

First Round of Litho Printing

After some tests of this print on different papers a few days ago, I attempted my first edition from the litho stones.

Behold my small army of prints:

(Plus laptop for music... printing to the tunes of Sinatra today.)

Sorry about the strange lighting, but here's a close-up of the print.

Next up, printing the other stones!

Lots of block printing has been going on, too. These days, if I'm not printing litho I'm most likely getting another 4x6 ft sheet of okawara printed with my shaped pattern blocks. But I'll save photos of those for another post.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

More Litho!

Three more lithography stones successfully etched! Now I'm in for a LOT of printing.

The middle stone I had drawn a few days ago, but here are some photos of the other two new stones. The last one had some issues with the tusche wash, but I'll work with it.

Friday, June 4, 2010

First Attempts at Lithography

This summer I've been using my studio credits in part to finally learn stone lithography! Soon I will complete my full repertoire of printmaking methods.

Only one of my first 2 stones survived the etching process. The casualty was a tusche wash that was much too light that nothing remained after etching. The survivor was an experiment with a tusche crayon that went overboard and turned into a subtractive scraping experiment. I think it over-etched or over-inked, so enough of my marks aren't visible. We'll see what happens when I print it. And some marks went astray, so I'll have to test out a cancellation marker.

This next stone was done mostly with some litho crayons I bought yesterday. It has some heavy tusche washes for the deep blacks. I'm crossing my fingers that it etches well. I'm not completely happy with the result, but I'm hoping practice makes perfect. Or I should say, in the lithography process where so many things can go wrong, practice makes less mistakes!

I think I need to work on the transfer or sketching processes that won't show later... I was so nervous drawing freehand and not really being able to erase!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Prints at Festival

Ta da! My Four Seasons prints up at Festival. In a strange corner with a few dents & smudges from the hanging process that hopefully only the artist will notice..... but they are there!