Thursday, January 2, 2020

The New Year

Mission with Grasses
I am still mono printing like a crazy person! I just love these small prints with a mix of hand made masks and real plants. I think they work really well together and give the work some depth.

Lately I have been doing a lot of walking. I think I never mentioned that I fell off my bike after getting dizzy from over exertion. I was very lucky that I did not break anything. But I had enough scrapes and bruises to let me know that my body was trying to tell me something. It isn't the first time I have gotten dizzy while riding but it is the first time I fell off.

I miss my bike terribly but I am finding that I enjoy walking. I never really walked much before so it is new to me to be walking 3-5 miles a day. I am enjoying taking in the surroundings in a new way. Riding is great fun but you do tend to whiz past everything. Walking really gets you to look and see things.

So I hung up my bike helmet......sigh.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Shop Opening

Pink Sky
I have decided to re-open my Etsy shop after a rather long hiatus. I had closed it when I made my move out west but I have had some folks express interest in purchasing some of my newest prints so I decided to re-open the shop. I had looked around for some other ways to sell but most web sites charge a monthly fee and I do not sell enough to make that worthwhile. Etsy only charges a nominal listing fee and then takes a small percentage of the sales. It is still the best deal for someone like me who sells intermittently.

So we shall see how it goes. You never know when one is going to sell! And they are piling up! I do love printing so much. And the hand coloring gives me a chance to paint again.

Here are a few more that I have listed in the shop:

Grasses with Moon
Mission with Feather

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Hand Coloring Monoprints

Tree with Moon
One of the things that bothers me about print making is all the bad prints you have to suffer through before you get to the good stuff! For every 20 prints say, you might get 2 or 3 good ones. No kidding. That is a lot of wasted paper. Seriously.

The other day I was reading one of the blogs I subscribe to here and the artist mentioned hand coloring the ghost prints as an option for rescuing them. So I thought I would give it a try! Here are a few. Some more successful than others.

Moon with Mission Church
She suggested hand coloring them with watercolor but I did not get a good result with those. The paper became quite warped and the color was very drab. It became absorbed into the paper. Not good.  So I thought I would try just using the Golden Open Acrylics. I think they worked really well. I just had to make sure I used a lot of acrylics glazing liquid so that the underneath print shows through. I think this technique has a lot of possibilities.

A couple more:

Tree with Yellow Moon



Grey Mountains

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Monoprinting Mania

Tree With Moon

Moon With Mountains

Slowly but surely I am beginning to understand the order in which I need to lay down my masks in order for my landscapes to look correct. In printing everything has to be done backwards and it isn't always easy to think that way. It is so different than painting.

This plant, which is called the Mexican Bird of Paradise, really does look like a tree when you print with it. I love the way it prints and gives such nice texture. Many of the plants I have been picking lately have not been working well for this process. They are either too soft and floppy or they just don't have good vein structure. There really is no way of knowing until you actually print with them, Also, color makes a difference. This is Carbon Black with the addition of Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold. A lovely mixing color!

I am enjoying the process of printing and I am going through quite a bit of paper! I bought two reams of cheap drawing paper so that I could feel free to experiment without worrying too much about paper costs.

Saturday, December 7, 2019

More monoprinting







I have been working on a small 6x6 gel plate. I know I said I was going to go larger but I really love working small. The only thing about the small plate I don't like is the rounded corners but they are easily fixed so I don't sweat it. I also love working square for some reason.

I took a short online class with Linda Germain on Monoprinting Mountains. I found it quite helpful since I was having some trouble trying to figure out the progression from light to dark and front to back with my masks.

The weather here in Tucson has been delightful lately and I have been doing a lot of walking. I am trying to do a 10,000 steps a day routine but it is not so easy! When I was back in Boston visiting my mom in the hospital,  I walked over 14,000 steps in one day and could barely walk the next day! That is a lot of steps! But I am taking a bit of a break from biking right now. So walking is a good alternative.  Plus when I walk, I am more apt to stop and pick leaves for mono printing. And who can resist that! I always like finding a new plant to try out with my plate!

I recently discovered Golden Paints Bronze in Open Acrylics from Lee Monts.   Lee is a Golden Paint educator and his experiments with bronze are very inspiring. I will post some of my experiments with it soon.   It is a highly unusual paint color. It actually turns green as real bronze does due to oxidation. So it is very hard to control but the results are pretty amazing.

Thats all for now! Enjoy the weekend!

Monday, November 25, 2019

Landscape Monoprints

Mountains with Feather #1
Whenever I stop working for a while, as in the past few terrible weeks, I can never seem to go back to where I was before I stopped working.

Since my return however, I have done a lot of grieving and sleeping. Little by little I am returning to my work. Yesterday I did a small series of mono prints of the landscape where I live. I think I was so happy to be home and back in my happy place that these mono prints just came tumbling out.

I am working on a small 6x6 inch gel plate and I am finally getting a good registration on them. Bob Pennycook has a great way of registering his prints and it really does make a difference. My registration board is not quite as elaborate as his but it suffices.

My registration board

This next one is the ghost print of the print at the top. I almost like it better. The ghost prints are very elusive and you never really know what you will get but sometimes you get one like this and it makes all the failed prints that came before worthwhile.


Mountains With Feather #1 Ghostprint

Wednesday, November 20, 2019