Saturday, January 14, 2017

Illustration Friday "Internet"

A quick sketch for Illustration Friday, "internet"

I admit, I often catch myself overly plugged-in with multiple devices!

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Experimenting with Gelli Prints

On Saturday, I did a little experimenting with my Gelli plates, and Golden Acrylics. I made a stencil of three crows, and used both the positive and negative parts of the stencil for a variety of arrangements.
The Gelli plate is clear, flexible, and has the feel of a solid sheet of gelatin. The Golden Acrylics are slow-drying, and recommended for making these monoprints. The paint is rolled onto the plate with a brayer. Stencils and other flat objects can be laid onto the plate to block off certain areas. Here are a couple of prints that I made.

I added the birds' legs and the wire after.

It's going to be a busy week ahead, with five days of work, and some Christmas loose ends to wrap up. We had a snow storm yesterday with about 6 inches of snow, but today it was rainy and mild. The temperatures have been up and down recently with frigid lows below zero, then back into the 40's. I don't know why I'm surprised--this is New England!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad!

Another year gone by as my parents celebrate their 59th anniversary.
Congratulations! xo

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Illustration Friday post "Tape"

This week's IF post is inspired by all the crazy advertising for Christmas! I haven't wrapped anything yet, but I know I'd better stock up on the tape.

I wonder what is in the package?

Sunday, November 20, 2016

White Line Woodcuts

Last weekend, I took a 2-day workshop at the NH Institute of Art on White Line Printmaking. Our instructor showed us a book on the prints of Blanche Lazell for inspiration. She was well-known for her work using this technique.
An example of Blanche Lazell's work

We started off carving small blocks for practice (mine was 3" x 4"). I drew an image of double barn that my husband had photographed many years ago in northern Maine. To cut the lines, you need to make a v-shaped groove using a sharp woodcutting knife or a utility knife. You can also use a small
v-shaped wood carving tool. It's not an easy process as you have to deal with the wood grain. I found straight lines were a lot easier than curved ones. The blocks we used are called Shina Plywood, from McClain's Printmaking Supplies.

         Here is the big block (8" x 10")

To make a print, the paper is attached to the block with tape so the registration will be accurate each time one adds a new color. We used watercolor paints, and for the big one, I used Rives Lightweight paper. Each color is painted on the block, then the paper is flipped over and rubbed on the back with a spoon or one's hands.

Each print is a monoprint when using this technique. I enjoyed learning about this process, and would like to experiment with other materials. You can do very simple one's with styrofoam sheets, and a pencil to push down the lines.

As usual, Wiley is hanging out while I'm trying to get work done!