Hello! Well it's been over a week since my tonsillectomy, and I've been recovering slowly but surely! It really does take you out, and I have another week where I'm not allowed to exercise or lift anything heavy, and I'm still eating soft foods.
I'm home in Pittsburgh until Monday and my mom showed me this ornamental book that she had and I instantly thought this is something I could use.
I was starting to draw halfway thru the week, trying to figure out body parts and flowers haha.
And then I drew a random chicken, I really like textures, this would be so much fun to print.
But after I saw the ornamental book, I started drawing inspired by that.
Here is the beginning. It's a mouth, if you can't tell.
And here's the progress so far! I'm hoping to turn this into a color relief print! Here's hoping my professor is keen on it.
Hello! Still working on cards, started new quotes today...while watching Netflix. (I am watching the tv show, Don't Trust the B*tch in Apartment 23, it's actually really funny! Sad it only had 2 season.) Anyway, A lot of intricate cutting coming my way.
But I wanted to talk about my other project I am about to start. Below are photos of a print I did last fall. And I absolutely love it, which is rare for me to say about any of my work. This is what I love (and slightly hate) about relief, all the detail I am able to put into it.
Back to my next project, I was thinking I could make a series out of it, I thought that right away, but I am now finally getting around to it. Right now I am drawing out butterflies, so much detail potential in that one. And then I want to do one that has creepy crawly insects. If anyone else has any ideas on what to put on a head, let me know! I like how it is a correlation between human and nature and how we are all possibly connected. And plus it's just fun.
I am getting my tonsils taken out this Thursday, so i'll be out for a bit, I am hoping for only a week. Oh and I finally got other projects out of my drawer up on campus, they're redoing all the studios so the doors were locked and I couldn't get in, but I attempted to go during the day while the construction guys were working and was able to snag a few pieces, so those will be up soon in my gallery section!
Early post, but I actually printed some cards!
See my cat, Toffer? Yeah, he's a mini lion.
I had to do probably my least favorite part of the printing process, ripping paper and registering. I would pay someone to do all that stuff for me. Lining up the ruler, double checking the measurments, ripping the paper. I don't have a paper tearing ruler, so I had to get creative...by flipping my ruler over so it was in direct contact with the paper. Another investment I should look into. haha.
The thing I'm realizing with cards is I have to fold them, HA, I added another step to my least favorite part.
I added felt! I mentioned how the paper was moving in my last post and I was thinking about the process I do in an actual studio, and we always added two sheets of newsprint and FELT. That is my doh moment. My paper doesn't move now! I'm still using the roller pin, it gives me the most even print.
I also have a few that are just pewter. But the ones that I am showing are a combination of pewter and purple. I love metallics, it adds a little extra sparkle to the ink. Overall I am pleased! Obviously the last one I didn't rip the paper small enough, so I'll just have to wait till it dries to tear off the little sections. See? I'm no good at the tearing, registering thing.
I ordered ink and linoleum from Graphic Chemical and Ink Company, but I have no idea if I'll actually get my order because they haven't charged me yet and they don't believe in email...haha. So we'll see. I want to continue making more of these things, but I do not have any more linoleum. I'm also trying to decide whether to open an etsy shop or just open a "store" on my site? Or both? Etsy has that community thing going on, which has more hope of getting my work out there.
Weekly blog about my life and my printing!