Monday, October 26, 2009

Meanwhile, at the same time....

At the same time, I've been working on this print, a maple leaf with water droplets.
6 color reduction woodcut from birch plywood, 6"x4" $30


Okay! So, after a few stabs at multiple block printing, it occurred to me that my talents lie with reduction printing (using one block for all colors in a print, cut, print, cut fashion). And this is the finished product.

I don't even know where this building is. I took a photo of it when we stopped in an antique shop on our way back from corning last year. I have no idea what town we were in. If this looks familiar to anyone, give a holler.

6 color reduction woodcut using birch plywood, 6"x4". As yet untitled. $30, edition of 10.

Monday, October 19, 2009

A Change of Direction

Soooo..... Well, I didn't think I'd been away from the blog so long. It's been a very educational couple of weeks. So, I redid the print, and found that the grains were so open on the wood that it was very hard to see the details. So, after consulting some online sources, I treated the blocks with a solution of glue and water and sanded them down. And it still sucked. So, I've decided to go with carving linoleum. I'd been thinking of carving linoleum for some time, mainly because it's made of linseed oil and sawdust, which means it's biodegradable. It's also cheaper. There's no grain, so that issue will be done with. It will be very interesting to see how it turns out.
As for the greeting cards -- the long awaited greeting cards, we've had another setback. I'm just trying to gather up enough resources to fund the purchase of the equipment. At this point, it doesn't look like there will be Christmas Cards this year. On the plus side, I've decided to pay the mortgage instead! Look at me and my crazy priorities!
The linoleum should be here for the weekend, I hope, and then this blog might actually be worth checking in on!