Different ideas, similar approach

It’s Tuesday and I’m taking a ceramics day. The garage is finally clear enough to set up the wheel and pull out tools. On Monday I watched a nice piece on printing lithographs onto clay. The ingredients were quite straight forward: Linseed oil, Gum Arabic, Mason Stains, water, sponges, and toner based copies of artwork.Continue reading “Different ideas, similar approach”

Relearning printing

Whew! The print is finally finished with an edition of 15. This was certainly a relearning experience that I won’t soon forget. I managed to create 14 prints before I realized I needed to be polishing the negative space around the dog in order to achieve a clean print. Why it took me that long,Continue reading “Relearning printing”

Waiting For Breakfast

Halfway through the edition I realized that the recycled print paper is changing how the image comes out. I chose to tear apart old test proofs from an India series of screen prints from university days. The backs are beautiful and pretty clean, unfortunately  I can tell where the screen print starts and stops onContinue reading “Waiting For Breakfast”

Slow progress forward

Little Ms Hazel is coming near the end. A few more areas to darken & a bit more definition in others. My big quandary is whether to add a dog dish or not. Since I’m feeling lazy, I probably won’t add it it, but a bit more ground work is likely so she’s sitting on something.Continue reading “Slow progress forward”

Pulling out the apron

This morning the print space was reconfigured for actual work. The inking slab cleaned of a thick dust layer, press blankets pulled out of storage and arranged in correct order, and the press uncovered and dusted. Ink had to be pulled from bins and opened. Paper scraps located and torn into test size (this is aContinue reading “Pulling out the apron”

Terrier print day 2

  Slowly it’s starting to emerge. Part of me wants to dump a layer of hard ground over the plate, re-scratch lines and toss it in an acid bath. It’s been about 6 years since doing this style of printing and I’ve forgotten how difficult it is to wait as the image emerges before doing aContinue reading “Terrier print day 2”

In search of a tool

Wednesday  How long does it take to find one simple needle tool? Apparently all day. I searched through all the various tool drawers, shelves, bins, tins and even under and behind the drafting board. I checked the floor and around the press. It had to be somewhere close. Of course, it’s been a year sinceContinue reading “In search of a tool”

Dogs and copper plates 

I’ve been contemplating what to create for this years “Leftovers ” print exchange. The last 3 entries have been dog portraits, something near and dear to my heart. So far my idea is to do a dry point etching of Hazel with an empty dog dish. Recently I ran across a book in my collectionContinue reading “Dogs and copper plates “

Dog Print Start 

I’ve been craving creating a wood block for several months. Rather than feeling hesitant about cutting into a new block (which always scares me), I’m recycling the flip side of an old one. Hazelnut kindly has provided the inspiration. Yes, we adopted a new dog. She is a terrier mix and full of spunk. IContinue reading “Dog Print Start “

Cramming in a bit more

I’ve been trying to plan my next escape to the coast, hoping for a full week of solitude for drawing and designing. Which week do I choose and do I take the dog? Well, now it’s been pushed off until late July due to everyone wanting to use the house over the next multiple weeks. Plus my nextContinue reading “Cramming in a bit more”