Saturday, July 31, 2010


Not much new to report as I'm still in the process of reprinting some prints. Printed the first light blue layer of five prints on paper and waiting for access to a press before I can print the second layer. I made duplicates, so I'm going to play with color combinations a bit more through the addition of the second color.

In the meantime, here are some glamor shots of the blue colors and arrangements I'm using.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Some Second Layers & Blues

Here's that big print on periwinkle blue/ gray-ish fabric that I finished with the second layer of a purple-y blue today. The first light layer is now almost unnoticeable until viewed up close.

I also got the second layer of blue done on these two prints on paper. Some accidents happened in the printing process, so I will have to re-print them...... but here are some details because I still like the colors & the layering results.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Further Prints on Fabric

Sneak peaks of the first layer of some new prints on different fabrics. Same old blocks, I know... but I'm having fun with color, layout, and testing fabrics.

Sunday, July 25, 2010


Just think, all these crazy experiments with patterns began some months ago with these...

And then these...

Friday, July 23, 2010

More Prints on Fabric

More experiments of printing on fabric.... Using the rectangle blocks in light grey ink on tarlatan & sheer fabric. I lay them on paper so you can see better, but they look cool in a window too.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

The Results of Happy Accidents

Ok, bear with me because these look MUCH better in person & are difficult to photograph for some odd reason. (Click to enlarge the photos, & the close-up shots at the end of this post help.)

Behold the results of that little happy accident I wrote about earlier.

I'm trying out some new color combinations, new arrangements with the squares, & new mulberry paper.

Here's one of the prints - the first layer.

Then I purposefully rotated the same block & strategically printed the second color.

I liked it so much I tried it some more in different colors. First layer...

And second layer....

Here's a close-up to hopefully give you a better look at the cool layering effects that are going on.

Here's a close-up of the third print in this fashion that I did. I'm not as big of a fan of these colors, but this photo does a good job of showing what's going on.

Up next, I'm going to take this print & coat it with polyurethane to make some magic.... And more prints on fabric eventually.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Printing on Fabric

Printed the white hexagons & triangles on this gauzy fabric today. It's very hard to see, so I tried hanging it in a window...

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Happy Accidents

I know I haven't posted photos of art lately, so I'll fix that by posting one today.

One of these is not like the others...

It's great how "happy accidents" can end up giving me new ideas instead of completely ruining a piece.

Well, I already DID get the idea of printing something just a little off in some way. Here I went and made the unintentional mistake in one of my latest prints. So now I know how it looks when I print a different block or rotate a block on top of the first color. I like the layering effect.

Now I just need to decide how I want to use it intentionally.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Deflecting to Damian

No new photos to post. Again. Sorry everyone.

Instead I'm going to give a shout out to my friend Damian Goidich. He's the best litho-sponger, clean-hands-paper-placer, and extra-set-of-hands-for-woodblock-placing that I could ask for.

You should look at his blog because he talked me into to doing this one (so you wouldn't be reading this without him). Go look at his sweet drawings. And nice monotype with a fragment of help from yours truly. Do it now!

Sunday, July 11, 2010


I realized that I forgot to mention here that I will be participating in Grand Rapids' second annual Artprize this fall.

The event's website can be found here. (To view the rest of the links, you may have to create a profile with Artprize.)

You can find my artist profile.

I will be showing one of my large pattern prints at Calvin College's Gallery on Division street. (Here's their website.)

Friday, July 9, 2010


Quick blog post & then I'm out of here for some R & R.

Ok, maybe not.... but fun with family & friends is sure to be had!

Yesterday I added the third color to that in-progress print.

I liked the brown, so I decided to add just a slightly richer brown to the blue square & triangle print I had posted earlier. So that print no longer exists as posted earlier, but I like it better now.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Green & Things

Prepare for a bombardment of photos.

Here's the same print configuration with the square & triangle blocks I posted last, but this time in a new green color that I like even more. I printed this one yesterday.

Here's a close-up of those square pieces to show how they all have different connecting points... which leads to interesting patterns flowing between the blocks.

I liked the green so much that I re-printed it a second time in a slightly lighter shade, modeled here by my triangle pieces.

Today I started adding more layers with the second color, a blue-ish (that's close to that all-blue print). Here's an in-progress look of the print hot off the press. Tomorrow I plan on adding a third color.

Today it was decided the green print should be hung in the GradSpace at Kendall. But then decided to keep the white one up that had been there before. And just took over the whole corner with my prints by adding the multi-brown one. :) I may as well take advantage of using the whole "Printmaking Section" since I'm here and actively printing - and it's nice to see new things on the wall during the slow summer months. (Lynnette will have to fight me to get some space back in the Fall!)

Monday, July 5, 2010

Enter the Squares

Square blocks have joined forces with the triangles!

At first glance it looks much like the triangle pieces printed, with this similar format & single color.

Look closely and you'll see that each of the lines within the square blocks all make different connecting points. I think I invented my own language & map while trying to make sure that I would get all of the lines within the blocks to connect while still making a good overall pattern.

Next up, I'll be doing this one in multiple colors, and then a new one.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

More Color!

Granted, the colors are a rather muted palette of burnt umber tints.

Here's the triangle pattern block print like before, but I used the multi-block technique to layer colors. Gives the resulting print a whole different look than it did with one color.

Thursday, July 1, 2010


Hexagon & triangle blocks reprinted in a different arrangement for a new look.