Ta-Da! The Christmas card is done and ordered. The image is more saturated than the woodcut print (wish I could print such rich color!). We ordered it thru Overnight Prints. We'll see how they do. Not that there will be time to redo the whole thing. Crossed fingers!
I always say I'm going to start earlier next year, and I never do. But I sure hope I do next time. This last minute business is frangling. Maybe Christmas in July? ;- p
I have a tendency to carve too fine of lines that disappear in the printing process. So I'm recarving the stonework on block 2 to make it more visible. Recarved some elements on block 1 as well. Half way thru all the cobbles.
And then on to another test print.
Ok, I recarved both blocks.
The stonework took the most time, so I didn't get to make another test print yet. Maybe after dinner.
Transfering the cartoon to the blocks today. I'm tracing the same image on both blocks, even tho I won't be carving the same elements on both. Partly for alignment and partly because I'm obsessvie/compulsive about it. ;- j
Here's the process. I carved a couple of kento-like notches in the cartoon to aid in placement.
Here's where I've chalked the back of the cartoon so I can trace it onto the blocks. Normally I use a pink or yellow chalk, which works really great with black dyed boards. But I had to switch to black chalk for it to show up on the stained boards. I just have to remember which system I'm using and stick with it.
I like to carve details like the stonework or the antlers freehand as I go. There has to be some surprise in the piece to keep it lively.
Working out the colors for the two blocks. The first block will have the major areas of color -- sky, reindeer, Tay.
The second block will have the detailed bits -- stonework, antlers, harness, initials.
Actually I'll carve this:
I can roll on the major areas of color and tap on the fiddly bits, like the harness.
It works on paper. We shall see if it works in wood. ;- j
I restained the boards, so I won't be able to transfer the cartoons today. Tomorrow.
Also, in restaining the boards, I noticed a straight line coming up on both boards. Looks like a spot where one top laminate sheet was attached to another. It's smooth to the touch, but I don't know if it will show on the print, like wood grain. I've considered the cartoons, and I'll probably be able to avoid the area for most of the printing surface. Guess we'll see.
The Schuyler House Christmas card is in the design stage. That's Tay, the office dog (or one of them, but he's there most days). He greets everyone with the hope of getting up a game of tug or fetch. I imagined him greeting Santa's team on the castle ramparts.*
I googled oodles of reindeer, castle crenellations, even the harness Santa prefers. ;-> I don't know what I'd do without the internet for inspiration and research.
I might crop out some of the reindeer to give the impression of the rest of the team behind him.
Ok, so it's for CHEM 13 news, Dept. of Chemistry, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. ;->
This from Jenn Shmitt, the co-ordinator:
It's that time again... more Periodic Table Print Project News.
The September issue of the Chem13 News features our project (we're even the centerfold!). They were so inspired that they have started their own periodic table project--open to more media than just printmaking-- as part of the University's celebration of the Year of Chemistry, 2011.
Here's my contribution to the project: Titanium.
And the colophon:
Titanium, atomic number 22, is light, strong, lustrous and resistant to corrosion, even in sea water. It is a silvery-white metal and can be alloyed with iron, aluminium, vanadium and other elements to produce many lightweight alloys. It is used in everything from spacecraft to dental implants, and because it can burn in both air and nitrogen, it makes great fireworks.
Titanium was discovered in England in1791 and was named for the Titans of Greek mythology. I took my inspiration from the Titan allusion and have displayed the most famous Titan, Prometheus, who brought fire to mankind, against the wishes of an angry Zeus.
Here is Prometheus with a high-tech, titanium robotic arm, holding aloft a burst of fireworks. As serendipity would have it, fireworks can look remarkably like a spray of fennel blossoms, the seed of which Prometheus hid fire in to sneak it past the Gods.
No good deed goes unpunished, but that’s another story.
What a great show! I can't believe how well it all went. We had perfect weather, a terrific display, and people came! ;-D
Of course we couldn't have done it without the help of our great friends. I sure can't count and I was glad to have Karen to handle all the money so professionally. Tom was indispensable with all the set-up, and always so cheerful -- even in the face of stressed-out artists. Laurie's food was scrumptious, and every time I turned around, there was Steph with a plate of cheese or cookies...even sandwiches. It was nice to have the waters handy. I sure talked myself dry. (The wine was nice too.) ;-> Roy and Aida and others were all so helpful with the set-up and support. It's good to have such good friends.
And I can't believe people actually came in response to our postcards and e-mail! My friend Pat, who ended up buying something from both Tina and myself, only came because of that last e-postcard. Boy was that a smart idea! We got great advice from Laura and Belinda and Maria and other old hands in the art fair and show biz.
There was art everywhere. Who knew we were so prolific?! It boggles the mind. Tina and Tony's pro panels looked really professional, but I have to say our pvc pipe and wire mesh panels worked really well too. We'd make a couple improvements to the system, but it stood up to the task (if the label cards did tend to blow thither and yon all day).
I think we all did fabulously well for our first studio show. I sold a number of pieces -- including one to my sister who called during the show!) I even made a commission and a trade.
Now I've got to get busy and print up a couple blocks. And I've got the Loscon Art Show to get ready for.
Two weeks to go until our studio art show. ;-] Working on my e-mailing list now. Just going thru my address book and making a couple groups. I'm sure there'll be some duplicates, as my address book is very haphazard. Hopefully people will let me know so I can remove the dupes. I plan to use blind carbon copy in any case.
Of course I should be framing up some more woodcuts. Oh well, they're not going to frame themselves. ;->