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!

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Steamroller Printing and the October Print Round-Up!

Hello everyone.  During the month of October I didn’t do a great job of posting much of anything.  And while I have not been posting, I have been printing. So, I will today finally post all the printmakerly goodness of the past month in what I am calling the October Print Round-Up, or alternately, the Limited Edition Print ‘n’ Post 2013 Blog and Pony Show Champagne Jamboree: Secret of the Oooze!*

*The secret is printmaking.

First, a simple screen print done with paper stencils.

This is my cat, Gary.  and while this print may make it look like he's winking, he is actually missing an eye.  So he's kind of like a pirate, except he has no interest in doubloons, and just between you and me, his sword fighting abilities are shit.

This is my cat, Gary. While this print may make it look like he’s winking, he is actually missing an eye. So he’s kind of like a pirate, except he has no interest in doubloons, and just between you and me, his sword fighting abilities are terrible.

Next, a reduction woodcut in the style of a tarot card.  Liar2 Liar1

Ok, so are you ready for the good stuff? The high point of the month was definitely this oversized block I carved for the Taste the Arts Festival in Visalia.  The print was a giant periodic table printed via steamroller.

The block during carving.

The block during carving.

The block getting inked up.

The block getting inked up.

Prepping for the steamroller.

Prepping for the steamroller.

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Steamroller printing!

Steamroller printing!

The final product!

The final product!  I’m pretty stoked on this print.  The tendonitis flare-up was totally worth it.

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And finally, my most recent print and the last print of the month, a little dry point.

This is a view of College Ten on the Campus of UC Santa Cruz, where I first studied printmaking.

This image is a view of College Ten on the campus of UC Santa Cruz, where I first studied printmaking.

New Print: Dmitri Mendeleev

Dmitiri Mendeleev: Chemist, Periodic Table creator, beard haver.

Dmitiri Mendeleev: Chemist, periodic table creator, beard haver.

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