Monday, August 30, 2010

First Day of New Semester

Happy first day of class, to any readers who are my fellow Kendall students.

This semester I'm taking more printmaking credits (of course), an art history class, & a teaching seminar. It feels like I'm taking more classes since I am assisting three undergrad print classes.

No new images today, sorry. I'm too caught up in back-to-school mode. My head is deep in syllabi, contemplating upcoming papers & critiques.  Ahhh...

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Prints at Midland

Prints were dropped off at Midland yesterday. Here they are awaiting the final jurying process, to see if more than one of them will be displayed in the exhibit.

In case you're curious, the Greater Michigan Art Exhibition will be open September 18th through December 23rd at the Alden B. Dow Museum of Science & Art.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Prints Ready for Midland

Prints are finally all set for the Midland show. After this photo they were rolled up & put in a box for the drive to Midland.

These three prints are testing out how well I like displaying my prints this new way. Meaning, they are coated with wax medium, grommets are punched along two sides, and are hung from dowels on string. Not bad, but not sure if I'm completely sold on the idea.

Here's how one of them looks all finished, though the top dowel is placed a little wonky.

Here's a close-up of those tiny grommets.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010


This is a complete deviation from my usual work, but I've been doodling new little monsters. About three years ago I starting using these little monsters for some projects, and haven't done any since. But I wanted to reprise them for an upcoming art exhibit, "Monster", at Artworks in Kenosha, WI.

I drew about 75 of these little monsters, but around 40 of them will show up in the piece I'm doing. If I've got the time I'll do another print or two.

Here are sketches of some that made the cut:

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Wax and Polyurethane

I feel odd not posting with new prints, but that doesn't mean I'm not busy working on them! I've got new blocks and new litho ideas in the works. This last month I've been trying to focus on perfecting my concept and writing my new artist statement, especially with my "first year review" coming up in a few weeks. (Commence freaking out!)

I WILL show you some photos about three prints that passed the first jurying round for a show at Great Michigan Art Exhibition in the Alden B. Dow Museum of Science & Art at the Midland Center for the Arts. This weekend I'll be dropping them off for the second round of jurying, so I need to get them exhibition-ready. Yesterday & today was spent coating each side of the print with a wax medium. It's an interesting medium to work with, but I like the nearly invisible results it gets on the prints while still providing a nice thin protective barrier.

Here's a shot of those three prints drying from getting coated with wax in the studio.

Here's a look at my other print-coating project. I mentioned earlier that I wanted to try coating my paper prints with polyurethane to get a unique transparent & plastic look. I discovered what happens when using regular polyurethane, and I don't recommend it because it bleeds the ink everywhere and doesn't really work. The water-based polyurethane did the trick though.

This is actually the back of the print (but I really like it too)...

... and this is the front of the print. Sorry about the poor photo, but it was still wet & I was impatient to get this up on the blog.

Friday, August 20, 2010

"New" Studio

I just switched over to another studio since the previous resident had graduated & I wanted a cubicle with higher walls & better lighting. 

Here's the grand tour of the four walls of the"new" studio space (minus the already overflowing storage closet).


It just needs more prints hanging on the walls & wood shavings all over the floor and it'll be home! 

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Artprize Update

I thought I'd update you all about my print for Artprize. The 4 x 6 ft green print of squares and triangles will be on display at the Calvin (106) Gallery in their exhibit "Configuration".

The show will open early on September 10. On September 22nd - the first day of Artprize - there will be an Opening Reception held from 6:00 - 9:00 pm. It will remain on display until October 10th.

My hope is that all of you could see it on display, but I know that's not possible. Please do come to the opening or check it out during Artprize if you can!

(What's Artprize? Read more here.)

Monday, August 16, 2010

Second Colors of New Squares

As promised, here are the finished 2-layer prints made from those new big square blocks.  I'm quite happy with the layering results and both arrangements.

My color palette is still quite bright! This first print started with a layer of lime green and bright blue on top.

These two prints with different arrangements had the same light turquoise blue for the first layer and bright blue for the second layer. I'm becoming a fan of the vertical layout.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

New Big Squares

New Blocks! They are bigger 12 x 12 inch square woodblocks for making large prints go faster. Cutting these out seemed to take longer than usual since I kept causing slight injuries to my right hand... but they are done!

As you can somewhat see from this photo, I was fairly productive on the first day of printing one-layer prints & the first layer for other prints.

I did a print with white ink on the last of some sheer fabric and on a 4 x 6 ft sheet of okawara paper.

Here's a sneak peak at the color for the first layer of a print made from these blocks. Next time I will post the three finished 2-layer prints I made with these new squares.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Last Litho of the Summer

Finished printing my last litho stone of the summer. I had been putting it off in pursuit of the woodblock endeavors.

I don't know how much more litho I'll do during the next few months... we'll see. It's just different than my woodblocks, but still fun.

Behold the lastest army of litho prints.

The tusche wash (the greys) turned out quite differently than I thought, so it was a fun experiment.

As I printed some ink splotches built up, but I sort of like it. I think I'll change my original plan & orientate it this way.

Many thanks to Damian for being my extra set of hands while litho printing this summer!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Warm Colors Continued

As promised, here are the two prints that I made just with the excess ink from the first print.

The first one is on somewhat sheer fabric, and I left blank spaces in the middle for something different.

The other one is on paper, and I was out of the reddish ink. Still like the color combination.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Warm Colors

My color palette just keeps getting brighter & brighter. The hot days of summer must be getting to me.

This print is on a long 27 x 74 sheet of mulberry paper. The yellow triangle shapes are actually printed twice, but it's interesting how they start to look more like solid triangles without the contrast that the areas with orange & red-ish have.

Bonus photo of what my colorful inking area typically looks like.

My personal stack of ink tubes, blobs of mixed color, & nice thin rolled out ink for my brayer - which seems to be missing from this shot as well as the wood blocks. That piece of paper became my latest swatch sheet to keep track of my color combos. I need a better system though instead of these occasional sketch book papers that end up looking disorganized & I often lose them or stupidly discard them.

I made far too much ink for this print, so instead of trying to store the ink for a few days I decided to use the excess ink by making another quick print.... or two... but I'll talk more about those in the next blog post.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Earth Tones

Finally posting this finished print on fabric. I posted it earlier with just the first ochre color. After much debate on the final color scheme & placement of blocks, I present to you the finished print.

Oh look, I've taken over the corner of the Grad Space again with new prints...

Monday, August 2, 2010

Blues to Greens & Purples

Here are those blue re-prints I mentioned. I was a little disappointed that I didn't match these blues to the original colors. Oh well, the more the merrier.

You might not notice, but on closer inspection those last two prints actually have slightly different first layers underneath.

As I said on Monday, as long as I was in the blue range I dabbled towards the green & purple side of things for the second layer of these two prints.