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!)

Click here to see 52 Weeks in it's entirety.


15 comments:

  1. What a lovely project! Congratulations with the challenge! So many beautiful things!

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  2. Well, that's tenacity for ya! Congrats on completing this challenge- you must be feeling quite proud of yourself!!

    I have a newbie question: do you have to register your stamps to make the cabin images match? How do you get it in just the right spot?

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    1. Haha - thanks! There were times I didn’t know if I’d finish.

      To answer your question, I first used two same sized plates for carving and planned to use my homemade registration board for the two layers. (I have a tutorial on how I do this here: http://blog.studiowaterstone.com/2016/02/simple-solutions-easy-diy-relief-print.html

      After test printing, I realized that the carvings didn’t match up exactly (due to my original sketch transfer) so I trimmed the cabin plate down so that the points at the top of the roof were exact. I was then able to stamp the black image down onto the background, flip it over and rub it to transfer the print.

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  3. i came in at week three and have enjoyed watching you grow with the stamps...thanks for letting us go along with you. they are beautiful and this last one is wonderful.

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  4. Your work is absolutely amazing L. :)

    Congrats on finishing your challenge :)

    I think having a lot of unfinished projects goes along with being creative, that's my excuse anything, lol :)

    Happy weekend, cheers, T. :)

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    1. Thanks Teresa. And, yes, I think you're right about the unfinished projects.

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  5. Lori, there are truly not enough superlatives to describe just how beautiful I think this one is.
    You are truly such a talented artist, and this one is simply "over the top!"
    Congratulations on finishing this wonderful project. I have so enjoyed following all that you have done, and I really look forward to your next project.

    Happy Sunday to you!

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  6. Bravo bravo Lori for such an accomplishement, I am totally admirative !
    Your skills have imrpoved along the months & this last print is just spectacular !
    xoxo

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  7. So so so beautiful! Congratulations on finishing #52, it's really stunning!

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