17 March 2016
Happy St Patrick's Day! This woodcut print just happens to be green. An earlier version had a yellow background instead of green.
Relief printing was the last of three techniques that we learned. Carving is strangely calming. The sound of the tool against the wood might be part of it. Below is the woodcut block.
rejected prints = placemats
The woodcut I made was a rather crude novice attempt. To see fine woodcut work, look at the hummingbird that our instructor carved for the Calliope wine label.
12 March 2016
The second printmaking technique that we learned was lithography, or "writing on stone." It is based water's resistance to oil. In our introduction to this process, we used Pronto plates and Sharpies. Pronto plates are a lot lighter than lithography stones.
WiP - Pronto plate and Sharpie
2 March 2016
29 February 2016
I'm in a class where we are learning three different forms of printmaking. This week was drypoint intaglio where we carved into a plexiglass plate, rubbed ink across the surface, wiped off excess ink, then printed onto paper with a press. The resulting image is almost always a surprise, with no two images ever exactly alike. The feathering of ink around the edges of lines is an appealing aspect of this method.
WiP - sketch
WiP - carved plexiglass
More about our instructor,Shin Minegishi, here
11 February 2016
white ink and paper collage on Kraft Stonehenge
I bought my first pair of Fluevogs for a good cause last Autumn. Since then, I have been getting regular e-mails from Fluevog Shoes, including contest information to design a shoe advert. Well, why not?
The Design Brief:
As he does on many occasions, John looked to the stars for inspiration in creating the new Wonders Lyra. Connect the dots right and you’ll realize the shoe takes its name from a small but ancient constellation found in the night sky. An understated thing of beauty, the single-eyelet lace up Lyra plays with curved lines and brogue detailing to bring your feet to life! You are a natural Wonder.
Work in progress shots:
indigo watercolour and salt
shoe pieces cut out and ready to collage
View all the submissions here
25 January 2016
Turn and face the strange (David Bowie)
pen and ink
WiP - sketch from source image
WiP - inking
For now, they will have to settle for drawings and this National Geographic video.