Monday, December 9, 2013

More Photos, Last Week

If you hadn't heard from me yet, this is my last week at UWP. I'm not back for the spring semester (due to budget/teacher cuts), and unless I get hired again for next fall (as full time doing printmaking plus other things) I likely won't be returning. 

On a brighter note, here are better photos from the print I posted last week. I loved cutting out all the lines in the linoleum. 

Monday, December 2, 2013

Quick Print for Class Exchange

Half of this was created and printed in my parent's basement because I rushed this so much.

This is a crummy photo because things seem to be broken today.


Monday, November 25, 2013

Reduction Demo

From class the last couple of weeks... reduction linocut demo. Image came from Chagall's windows at the Art Institute in Chicago. 

Monday, November 18, 2013

Screen Printing Exchange Envelopes

Had a very productive class tonight. I'll have to save my reduction linocut demo for another post, because it's not quite done. 

Here's the screen printing I did for this semester's print exchange, cleverly disguised as a bonus demo for my students tonight. They were pretty impressed that I cranked out 50 or 60 of these in about 35 minutes, and I was thankful for how smoothly the printing went. The design isn't my best, but that's what I get for making it in less than 10 minutes. 

Monday, November 11, 2013

Drat, foiled again

Looks like my plans to get some of my own work done have been thwarted again. Last week I helped students with their lithos instead of doing my own printing. Today I intended to get to school early to do my own work, but since the weather decided it's winter now & time for lots of snow I'm hiding indoors until the snow blows over, which will probably be just in time for class.

I haven't been having a very good day.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Litho Demos

From today & last Wednesday... class doodles on litho plates turned prints. 

Monday, October 21, 2013

Etchings Update

(Another update from my phone.) The leaves are looking much better but the other one still has quite a ways to go. 

Monday, October 14, 2013

Etchings- Leaves and Things

I'm attempting to take photos off my new phone & post them... here goes nothing.

These both started as half demos, half me wanting to just to do these things. 

The first plate is two attempts at soft ground with leaves. The first attempt bombed so I turned it into aquatinted leaf shapes. The second attempt is still in progress, but is much more promising. 

The last one here is a more straight forward line etching in progress, and later there will be some aquatint added. I was asked to do a print at some point with this passage. We'll see how it turns out.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Trinity Commission - Not Done Yet

Thought I would be done this past week, but after seeing the "finished" printed results I'm not completely satisfied. These test prints have been hanging in my hallway as I figure out how to tweak them into completion.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Trinity Commission - Printing First Layer

I've definitely been under-budgeting how much time this project would take. Printing 4 copies of these big linocuts took about 12 hours over the weekend!

Here are a slew of photos from the mess I've made just from printing the first layer.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Something Different - La Calacas Exchange Print 2013

In the few & far between hours that I had free this past week I was able to make a print for the La Calacas (Day of the Dead themed) Print Exchange.  

I carved out two pieces of linoleum - a skull mask & a background piece.

Printed both.

 "Plasticized" & cut out the skull pieces...

...and stitched the two together.  

Ta da! 

Ok, I actually have a few more to finish stitching, and then I'll mail out the edition tomorrow. 

Monday, September 16, 2013

Trinity Commission - Last Background Piece Cut

Finally finished cutting out the last background "grass" piece! Next up will be printing the first layers once I can set aside enough hours in the day.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Students' Linocut-in-a-Day Project

Extra blog post today just because the students & I were so excited about this at class last night. 

It was only the 2nd day of class last night, and knowing the students had their supplies, didn't know much about the process, and likely were not feeling ready to start their projects. After some lecture & demos about relief printmaking, they were all given a 3x3" piece of linoleum to cut out however they want (with only a small "do not cut" area). The resulting image when they put them all together in the right order made a big snake (with 2013 being the year of the snake). 

All of the students looked so excited when we printed their pieces together. It was was great! 

Below are photos of all the linoleum pieces together, the resulting print, and all their initial test prints on the drying rack. 

Monday, September 9, 2013

Trinity Commission - 2/3 Background

Easily the most time-consuming section to cut out has been these background "grass" pieces. Each of these took about a week to finish.  (I've had to take a lot of breaks & have been icing my arm while working on the largest one.) Here are two sections that were finished, while the third is not quite done. I've been very intentional in the direction that I've been cutting it out, since I want any residual chatter to follow a certain direction.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Trinity Commission - Clouds

(I've been cutting linoleum faster than my weekly blog posts, so I almost forgot to write about this part!) Here are the 3 sections of "clouds" all finished. The shape of the clouds is meant to mimic the stonework in front of the church where this piece will hang. The "grass" in the lower portion of the background does a bit too, to a lesser extent, but that will have to wait until next week.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Trinity Commission - Shepherd & Pieces

When I took these photos I had finished cutting out all the sheep, the shepherd, and the main background (grass & clouds) pieces with areas cut out for said sheep & shepherd. The basic linework for the clouds were also sketched in.

Here are a couple photos of the pieces for the central image.