And here are the blocks rolled up in color. When I started this piece I didn’t have any large blocks handy, so the image is actually kind of a mosaic made up of nine smaller lino blocks. You can see in the picture that the small blocks are being held in place with a jig. The image was large and simple enough that I was able to roll on ink of different colors without having to use a stencil, reduction cut, or any of the other more comlicated techniques usually required for achieving multiple colors.
The first color proof! But wait, that’s not all! I wanted to bust out some sweet chine-collé action. And if you are asking yourself “What the hizzety is chine-collé?” first of all, you are bad at cursing. Second, allow me to explain! Chine-collé is a printmaking technique in which colored paper is added to a print. In the pictures above you can see that I am using one of my proofs as a template to cut out some nice pink and red unryu paper. I apply some glue to the colored paper, and place it just so in between the blocks and the thicker white paper. It is like the beautiful filling in some kind of printmaking sandwich. Then it all goes through the press and comes out looking like this:
In other less fun news, my cat Gary died this week and I am now super sad. I am going to miss him a lot, and know that it will be a big adjustment not having him around sitting on my feet while I’m trying to print and climbing into my lap every time I sit down. He was the best cat ever, and not just because he made my process photos way more adorable.
Hello everybody! I just wanted to share a few images from the woodcut printmaking workshop I lead last week at the Fresno Art Museum. It was only a day long workshop and most of the group was totally new to printmaking, but almost everyone managed to complete two pieces. I was very impressed!
Hey everybody! I just wanted to share this short piece from Valley PBS on Fresno Art Hop. It features several local artists including me and fellow printmaker Zachery Bland. They kept asking us about the gallery and Art Hop in general…but all we wanted to do was talk printing. I’m glad we made it into the final edit anyway.
This was filmed at a gallery called Corridor 2122. Zach and I were there representing Print and Glory, doing a live t-shirt printing. Print and Glory is the Fresno State printmaking club made up of students (like Zach), instructors, and community members like myself. Print and Glory does live printing events around the Valley in order to raise money for the printmaking club, pay for visiting artists, and host free workshops for students and the public. These live printings are also a way for us to engage with the community, and familiarize and educate people about what printmaking is and why it is awesome.