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.



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?”

Big Skull

Hello everbody!  Here are some photos of a new print I’ve been working on.  It’s big.  It’s a skull.  It’s called BIG SKULL!bigskull2 bigskull1These are a few shots of the first few proofs I pulled in black ink.

bigskull5 BigSkull3And 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.


BigSkull4The first color proof!  But wait, that’s not all!Bigskull7 bigskull6I 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:




The chine-collé version is on the left. The regular two-color version is on the right.

I did a couple of different versions and am looking forward to doing a few more with different color combinations. bigskull9bigskull10

Big ol' pile of  chine-collé stuff.

Big ol’ pile of chine-collé stuff.


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.


He could do more with one eye than most cats could with two. Except when it came to depth perception. He had really bad depth perception. Now I guess he just has DEATH perception. …alright that was a pretty bad pun, even for me. But give me a break, okay? I’m grieving. : (

Self Portrait with One-Eyed Cat


I think this print pretty much captures Gary’s attitude…or should I say “catittude”? No, no I should not.

SelfWithGary1 SelfWithGary2 Linocut print  featuring my beloved studio cat, Gary.

Litho and Lino

RosesPrint1 rosesprint2 rosesprint3Hello everybody!  Here are some images of a new linocut I’m working on.  The ones with the sweet mint green/ gold background are actually printed onto a lithograph made by a printmakerly friend of mine named Melody Levin.

Sparkle Motion

A while ago I offered my mom a linocut of a kitten.  She asked if I could please cover it in glitter.  So here it is covered in glitter.

CatGlitterI am very elegant and my art is sophisticated.

Summer Woodcut Workshop

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!

Carving away!

Carving away!

Experimenting with color.

Experimenting with color.

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My demo print for the class.

My demo print for the class.

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I’m so excited about my next workshop, printing without a press!  Woot!  P.S. There are also more photos and other printmakerly stuff over at my facebook page.

Print and Glory on Valley PBS


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.

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