July 22, 2016

52 Weeks of Print: Week 52 Cabin in the Woods

52 Weeks of Print: Week 52 Cabin

I'll be honest. Around my house I'm not know as someone who finishes a task. AND this 52 week project ended up taking almost two years - but in my defense I had medical reasons! Anyway....

Anyway. It's finished! For the final project, I wanted to create something personal and frame worthy. Our little cabin in the woods fit the bill.

52 Weeks of Print: Week 52 Cabin
Initial Sketches

52 Weeks of Print: Week 52 Cabin
Carving away on the first layer. With this layer I carved away the negative spaces.

I wanted this to be a two color relief print but, boy, I had no idea how tough it would be to settle on a color. I tested about five background colors and finally decided to go with a muted gray. Very happy with the result.

52 Weeks of Print: Week 52 Cabin

52 Weeks of Print: Week 52 Cabin

With the background, I carved away negative space at the top around the trees and then carved into the linoleum to get the the "greenery" at the bottom.

52 Weeks of Print: Week 52 Cabin

The thing is, I have fallen deeply in love with lino carving and creating relief prints. I feel that I've only scratched the surface (no pun intended) and want to continue to explore this wonderful medium. Not sure if the future will hold another creative challenge - hopefully so, but nailing a theme will take some thought.

So, this is it, folks! Week 52 of 52 Weeks of Print. (wah hoo!)

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July 14, 2016

52 Weeks of Print: 51/52 Botanical

52 Weeks of Print: 51/52 Botanical

What with the addition of Lucy, sewing time is absolutely not happening until she reaches the point of complete disinterest in scraps of fabric, leather and the various art supplies which litter my studio. I am wondering when (or if) that milestone will ever be reached.

Luckily, I can do other things. Like sketching and carving. And I CANNOT BELIEVE this is week 51 - one more week people! I do not want to stop this series so my little brain is scrambling frantically for something new but still relief print related. Any suggestions?

On to week 52...

52 Weeks of Print: 51/52 Botanical

52 Weeks of Print: 51/52 Botanical

I am more and more fascinated with the effects achieved by changing the width of a carved line. Maybe I'm not too bright but it's like trying to solve a puzzle. The bottom leaf is an example.

Additionally, I love the way the leaves looked convex on the front side and concave on the back. Of the top three leaves in this carving, the middle one is the backside of a leaf.

Oddly enough when thinking of things like this, the prettiness of the end result isn't as important as solving the puzzle - which is what makes it so darn addictive! I still have so much to learn. So much.

52 Weeks of Print: 51/52 Botanical

So, here we are at week 51 of 52 Weeks of Print.
Cinnamomum Camphora (try to pronounce that one!)

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