February 3, 2016

52 Weeks of Print: Reduction Printing & What I Learned the Hard Way

52 Weeks of Print: 40/52 Reduction Printing

Learned a couple of things this week - both good and bad. I'll start by showing you this weeks print offering. I went for another reduction print. The top image shows my initial sketch/idea and my finished carving. I kept it pretty simple this time by only using two colors.

52 Weeks of Print: 40/52 Reduction Printing
This is the first layer.

52 Weeks of Print: 40/52 Reduction Printing
This is the finished piece, "Honey Bee".

Time for the first lesson and a little rant...

52 Weeks of Print: 40/52 Reduction Printing
If you're going to take the time to carve into linoleum, for the love of all that is holy, do NOT go the easy route and use easy carve lino. Yes, it cuts like butter, but it also crumbles like a saltine. It's impossible to get detail - and I do love my detail. The close-up above may hurt your eyes but it's necessary. Seethe little crumbles? Not good, people. 

Now, I'm certainly no expert but I've carved forty weeks worth of these dang buggers and can say without a doubt that I recommend Jack Richeson linoleum blocks. They are a little thinner, but you can get great detail without fear of it falling apart plus it's still pretty easy to carve.

So, here's the good...

52 Weeks of Print
Remember last week when I said that I was going to try to up my game? Wellllll, this week I went BACK to Dick Blick (yes, such torture) and picked up actual printmaking ink and some actual printmaking paper. I know, I know. The fact that it took 40 weeks to come to this conclusion isn't pretty.

Compare my little deer print shown above with the prints I made a couple of weeks ago.  Now that's what I'm talkin' about. I guess that sometimes quality does actually win out. 

Makes me want to go back and reprint all of my past efforts. Okay, maybe not, but I have learned my lesson.

Learned any good lessons recently? Lessons that made you sheepishly shake your head, shrug your shoulders and go, "Well, %$#&!"

That's it for week 40! If you'd like to check out weeks 1-39, head over to my 52 Weeks of Print page OR over to my Pinterest board OR over to Instagram. Either way, you'll find yourself inundated with prints. 

January 29, 2016

52 Weeks of Print: Beetle 39/52

52 Weeks of Print: 39/52

My love of beetles and other insects is unparalleled - not the real sort, mind you, but the pictorial sort. Can't seem to get enough of the little buggers.

52 Weeks of Print: 39/52

I think that, at this point, I need to improve my print quality. I'm loving these prints so much and want to see them transfer smoothly. Hence my trip to Dick Blick this morning. Oh goodness. It's like letting a child loose in a candy store. Hubby called to ask what I got and I exclaim, "A pencil. And some ink. And a carving black. And a sheet of paper..." It's the little things, right?

So, anyway, I'm going to try to up my game next week with print quality. Maybe even sell a few of these suckers. Fingers crossed.

52 Weeks of Print: 39/52

52 Weeks of Print: 39/52

Here ya go. "Week" 39 of 52. Right next to Mr. Deer.

Click here to see a listing of weeks 1-38 and here to see the whole sha-bang on my Pinterest board.

Have a great weekend, folks. Stay warm. Try not to drink too many hot toddies.

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