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.