Pressing-Issues

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Into the New Year


Two weeks into the new year all ready.  I've been sidelined from printing by the Muse.  I'm working on my trunk novel.  But when I get back to printerly things, I want to tackle monoprints again.

I've looked into Akua inks lately and I think I can do some viscosity prints with them.  My favorite!  Last time I looked at Akua I wasn't impressed, but I am now.  I got some inks for xmas and I'll pick up a few more supplies and see what I can do.  8-]

http://www.akuainks.com/newsletters/newsletterpim.html
Printing Intaglio and Monotypes
with Water-Based Inks
http://www.akuainks.com/viscosity-monotype-working

Viscosity Monotype





Monday, December 02, 2013

Booth at Loscon 40 Art Show



The actual booth.  Pretty much followed the layout.  Sold Air Kraken on the last day.  Yay!  Need to get the person's contact info so I can send the provenance.


Air Kraken

Need to quit selling the art off my walls tho.  At least make sure I keep an Air Kraken, as it's a reduction block!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Booth Layout


Choosing prints for the Loscon 40 Art Show this weekend.




Not carved in stone (or wood either, for that matter), but a possible selection.  Santa Paws in the upper left isn't matted & framed yet, but that's what it's going to look like.

Our bed makes a great place to lay out art.  My booth space is 4'x6', but art can hang down a bit from the bottom of the pegboard, so I can squeeze the art in.  But it's tight, and they all do need bid sheets.  

I only included one other xmas print: Midwinter Night.  I'm wondering if I should include Snowflakes are Dancing from last year's xmas card?  It's another large one, so it would take up the space of 2 or 3 smaller ones.  I'll think about it.

There are always other prints I could choose ~ that's the amazing thing about having a collection.  There are a couple prints I'd like to hang, but I need to frame them up again, and I don't think I'll take the time right now.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Scanned Image


Scanned in at 300 dpi and sized to 600 in preparation for making the xmas card on vistaprint.  Need to massage the black in the dog bodies, but otherwise I like the look.  Even the slightly toasty tops of the dog biscuits for Santa.  ;->  Shows it's hand made.



Same image at sized to 800.  Don't see much of an improvement.

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Bill uploaded the full size image to vistaprint and sized it to card shape.


Saturday, November 23, 2013

White Line Success!


Black and red printed over an ocher pass.

Waiting for Santa Paws

Block inked black and red, with some ocher tapped in.  Also powdered around the dog in the background to make sure the black didn't print thru.


This is the ocher pass I printed over ~ faint ocher didn't hurt the print any.  8-]


White line printing is much safer than printing all at once.  Also I can take better care to clean up lines, etc.  Need to ink the black sufficiently on the rotties.

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Need a break.  Mostly working 'cept for some darkness around the rear rottie.  Having trouble getting rid of the excess black there.  Something to be said for carving 2 blocks.  ;- ]

When I get back to it I'll try tapping in the dog's head instead of rolling the ink.



 Not too bad, but having some trouble around the rear dog's head.



Friday, November 22, 2013

White Line Fervor


I carve a modified white line woodcut, but I've never actually printed it as a such, so today I'm going to play with the concept.

I'll ink up and print the brown and red bits today, then print the black bits tomorrow (or when the prints are sufficiently dry not to smear).  That should be interesting.

First I decided to try some whole ochre prints.  Then I went for just the brown parts (ochre ~ which is running low ~ with a dash of burnt umber).

Just the one color

Both the ochre and the ochre/umber.

I'll see how it prints the black (and red) tomorrow of when ever it dries.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Recarve and Print


Recarved fine lines, thicker white lines around elements.  Easier to tap in color, but having trouble with the black for some reason today.  Getting better tho.

Taking a break.


Getting better.  Done for the day.

Recarve


Recarving the more delicate lines.  I swear, I have to throw away my 1mm v-cut.  It leads me astray every time.  Either that or go back to intaglio zinc etching, where I can be a fine and I want to be.  *sigh*