Monthly Archives: March 2011

Black Eyed Susan Final Print

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Black Eyed Susan Printing

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Up very early this morning to get to art work before the job workday.  Mixing ink here for the first printing. Note my fancy palette knife, which is really a pink plastic bunny from a set of kid’s cutlery. My grandson was never a fan of the pink bunny, preferring the blue sharks (seen on the left as a back-up) and brown monkeys.

Using Speedball oil based inks this time. clean up with vegetable oil was fairly painless and just a little messy.

Here are the first two colors complete. So far, so good.

Black Eyed Susan

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Black Eyed Susan

After  a long week of absolutely no inspiration, I woke up today with a plan for my next print project, which I have to present, complete, in 4 days. Pressure’s on.

I have found that doing my sketch work on the iPad with the Sketchbook Pro or ArtRage app is the best way for me to see the way a reduction print will work. After years of additive process art, I find myself making mental mistakes when designing for a reductive process. This way, I start with my darkest color as a background and work in layers up to the lightest, then when carving, I simply work that process backwards. Flip/flop, flip/flop.

I’m going to print this on both paper and fabric, which means 2 set of inks and 2 complete printings for each color.  I plan on tiling the design on the fabric to use a a border print. Ambitious, yes, but I think I can manage with the weekend coming up.

Self Portait Final Print

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Many technical stuggles with this , and I’m not at all happy with the final results, but I suppose that’s why we study and practice, hmm?

I was disappointed that the ink and paper process was so challenging, just when I started to get my head around the reduction process thing.

Ah, well, onward….