Printmaker Gift Exchange: Part 1

Back in December I participated in a really cool holiday gift exchange with some of the other printers affiliated with my local printmaking club, Print and Glory.  The exchange was in two parts. The first was an exchange portfolio for which we each printed an edition of postcard-sized prints.   For the second part we each printed a single t-shirt with an image related to our postcard print.  Everyone who participated got a cool little stack of prints and a one-of-a-kind shirt.  In today’s post I will be sharing some images of my little print. I’ll also be doing a post about the t-shirt I printed a little later on.

For my postcard print, I did a two-run stone lithograph of the moon.

Before being printed in color, the image was drawn onto the stone with black lithographic crayon.

Before being printed in color, the image was drawn onto the stone with black lithographic crayon.

Etching my stone, which means brushing a combination of gum arabic and nitric acid onto the limestone block, or as I like to call it, my beautiful baby limestone sheetcake.

Etching my stone, which means brushing a combination of gum arabic and nitric acid onto the limestone, or as I like to call it, my beautiful baby limestone sheet cake.

A big pile of the two-run lithos.  "But LeeAnn" I hear you asking "why did you print so many?"  Well, dear reader, I would love to answer you, but I cannot, becuase there are only lithotine fumes where my brain used to be. * *Lithotine is solvent used in the lithographic process.** **You should not breath in lithotine.

A big pile of the (almost complete) two-run lithos. “But LeeAnn” I hear you asking “why did you print so many?” Well, dear reader, I would love to answer you, but I cannot, because there are only lithotine fumes where my brain used to be. *
*Lithotine is solvent used in the lithographic process.**
**You should not breath in lithotine.

At this point it was looking pretty good, but just needed a few finishing touches.  First I trimmed it trimmed each print down, rounded the corners, and added a little hand-coloring. IMG_6127Then, in the tradition of the great masters like Daumier, I sewed on some sequins.*** IMG_6155 IMG_6156***Daumier never sewed sequins onto his lithographs.  He just wasn’t cool enough I guess.

 

And that’s my print: a tiny, sparkly tribute to my childhood love of space, space travel, and aerospace engineering, and my adult determination to keep that love alive.

Linocut Stamp Making Workshop

Hey everybody!  Here a few shots from my recent linocut stamp making workshop at the Fresno Art Museum.

We dubbed this guy "Christmas Crow." It's hard to see in the photo but the paper is full of ~*sparkles*~.

We dubbed this guy “Christmas Crow.” It’s hard to see in the photo but the paper is full of ~*sparkles*~.

Foxy!

Foxy!

Making some super weird wrapping paper.

Making some super weird wrapping paper.

A few demo stamps I made.

A few demo stamps I made.

Big Printing

Hey everybody!  Back in 2013 I posted some images of a giant woodblock I carved being steamroller printed at the Taste the Arts festival in Visalia, California.  But did you know that I also have video of this glorious printmakerly occasion!  Well I do!  And I finally posted it online! Check it out!

Did you noticed that at the end I sound really pleased and surprised that it actually turned out? Well that’s because as cool as steamroller printing is, it’s much more about making a spectacle, and not really a terribly effective way to get nice crisp prints. We only got about 3 decent prints of my block that day which was just not enough to satisfy my need to edition this sucker.  So just a couple months ago I got a hold some over-sized mulberry paper and thought I would try printing this monstrosity by hand.  And it actually came out pretty well.

Jammin' away on this giant block with my tiny spoon.

Jammin’ away on this giant block with my tiny spoon.

 

 

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IMG_4012 Close-up of the final piece.

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This wouldn’t fit on my drying rack so I stuck it on my easel.

 

The whole ordeal was pretty time consuming, but not as difficult as I thought it would be.  When I first tried hand printing this thing I only had enough paper to make two impressions.  But I just ordered a couple of new rolls of over-sized paper and am hoping to start making more of these beauties in the next few weeks. Also, the realization that hand burnishing a block this large really isn’t that difficult has definitely inspired me to keep working at this scale.   I’m already planning my next giant piece.  I’ll keep you guys posted!

Print in progress: Getting weird with the chine-collé

Hey everybody!  Here are a few pics of the Virgen de Guadalupe woodblock I’ve been working on.  Last night I had the chance to test it out and pull some proofs!

Proof on newsprint.

Proof on newsprint.

Looking serene on the press bed.

Looking serene on the press bed.

 

My plan was to print the block onto strips of neon paper, so I inked the block in transparent red.  The transparent ink would appear to be a slightly different color on each different strip of paper.  I’m pretty pleased with how this effect worked out.

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I then pulled a few versions with thinner strips of paper, which I liked a lot.  I think that is how I am going to proceed with the rest of the edition.

Strips of paper on the block, ready to be put through the press.

Strips of paper on the block, ready to be put through the press.

Woo! I'm pretty excited about this!

Woo! I’m so excited!

 

To finish this piece I’m going to trim down the strips to different lengths, and the paste everything down onto some nice rag paper.  And I’m considering adding some gold foil details.  You know, just to punch it up a little. We’ll see how it goes.  I will be posting updates as the piece progresses.

Print in Progress: Virgen De Guadalupe

GuadalupeWoodcut1 Guadalupe2New woodcut I’m working on.  I’m super excited to print this thing.  I recently found some acid-free neon paper and plan on using it to do some weird chin-cole with this block.  I can’t wait!

Draw Downs

drawdowns2 drawdown3 drawdown1Draw downs from a recent commission.

SunChillinSometimes I look through my sketchbook and I find these drawings that I don’t even remember doing, and they are so weird, and I’m just like “What is wrong with my brain?”

Cat King

CatKingI recently found this sketch I did of my old cat, Gary. It is a pretty accurate representation of the way that I felt about him.

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