Woodcuts ~ and tapestries ~ at Loscon41.
Monday, December 08, 2014
Vista Print thumbprint image
Yay! Cards came back from Vista Print and they're great! Thumbprint doesn't do them justice. I can scan one in, but basically it looks like the woodcut.
"Christmas Snack" for Schuyler House 2014
I ordered 100 blank cards for my growing collection. One of these days I'll remember to offer them on etsy in time for folks to buy them for xmas. I have 4 different cards available now. ;- j
I'm really pleased with this approach. I carved a black and white image ~ my wheelhouse ~ and then added pastels afterwards. Works best with a print that isn't saturated. A lighter print than I'd be happy with. Worked great for the xmas cards 'cuz I could saturate the colors on the scan before I submitted it. Worked great.
I'll have to see if I can add pastels to a darker print now that it's had time to dry thoroughly. I'm liking the pastel approach. 8-]
Monday, December 01, 2014
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
It had to sit for a day so I could appreciate it. Right after I printed I wasn't sure I even had one good print. Typical. ;- j This is a slightly lighter print, but the pastel really makes it pop.
And on a dark print:
Print is too dark for my taste, and is difficult to color with pastel. Cray-pas can do it (on the brown) but it isn't a smooth-looking. I can see if more drying will help the ink.
And on a "perfect" print. Still harder to color.
Interesting experiment. No wonder Belinda Del Pesco colors pale and ghost prints. ;- ] Much easier.
I have a couple more lighter prints I can play with.
Here's another one:
Monday, November 24, 2014
Saturday, November 22, 2014
I printed out an image and played with cray pas and pastels. I like the pastels better ~ finer control. I'll color up a bw test print and see how that looks.
Pastel on an actual test print. I had to switch to a brighter red to overpower the black ink. Ditto gingerbread brown.
Now to print on Arches 88.
Pastel plays into my need for clean lines. Tapping in color while printing is just too messy for my finicky nature. ;- j
Bill measured his scanner bed ~ just about the right size (but that's ok, I already accounted for the xmas card being more narrow and long, and I already plan to lose some from the top and bottom).
Coming along. 8-]
Friday, November 21, 2014
Not liking it at this stage. Typical but not fun.
Test prints on sketch paper. Tapping in is proving to be irritating. I may try something else: adding color afterwards. Works for Belinda. ;- } I know, I'm not Belinda.
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
I've broken down the paper ~ Arches 88 ~ for a smooth finish. If I decide to play with watercoloring afterward, I'll switch to BFK Rives for texture.
In the meantime, it's black and white ~ and tapped in color.
Slightly narrowed faux print, closer to the xmas card shape
Friday, November 14, 2014
Thursday, November 13, 2014
Back to carving. Lots of fiddly bits.
Mirrored bw faux print.
Time for a break. Not much left to do. I'm really liking this bw version. More my preferred style. I'll tap color in (or wipe areas clean and watercolor them later...). ;- . Lots of ideas.
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Sunday, November 09, 2014
Saturday, November 08, 2014
Friday, November 07, 2014
Tuesday, November 04, 2014
Sidelined with the fighter poem book, but now I'm back on track with the xmas card. I'll be getting back to carving the block today.
Carving finally. Waiting for the phone to send a pic to my email.
Time for lunch.
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Coloring a print of a bw/color.
This one came out looking a bit green in the tree. Gives me an idea. What if I do 2 blocks, one with just the tree in green, one w/o the tree in bw with color tapped in?
Still fighting with the concept of color when my affinity is for bw.
I can do a foreground and a background block. Foreground is everything but tree and table. Background is table (red?) and tree (green). BW foreground gets tapped in color.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
B&W with red ornaments and candy cane and brown gingerbread castle. Rest is simply b&w, in spite of the blue cast. Table might have wooden texture. Color tapped in.
Another idea: strictly b&w with white areas to be water-colored afterward. (Actually the original idea.)
Monday, October 06, 2014
Sunday, October 05, 2014
Saturday, October 04, 2014
Zeroing in on the composition and the elements. A couple pencil sketches w/ crayon.
Another possible element is a xmasy trim around the plate ~ holly and berries.
Can't seem to stop messing.
This is with a yellow trim on the plate and a yellow xmas ball.