Friday, May 26, 2017

5/26/17


A few weeks ago I began a class with Dar James called "Stained Glass Trees". It was a great class but I was unable to complete it due to my dad's passing.

I did, however download all the videos. That is the nice thing about Carla Sonheim's classes. Once you sign up for them they are there for you to view forever. In fact, I always look for that feature in other classes since I can't always complete these classes in the time allotted.

Dar is a fantastic teacher. In fact she is one of the best teachers I have had so far in all my online classes. She is really informative and generous with her knowledge as well as what supplies she uses, paint brands etc.

When I signed up for the class I knew that I didn't want to paint trees but I wanted to learn the techniques she uses for these trees in my own art. That is what I did in the above painting. My biggest takeaway from her class was the creation of the under painting. Something I have never been very good at. I am not sure why this is. Perhaps it is due to my watercolor background where an underpainting would not be a good thing. Other than a very light wash that is.

So I am still in the process of taking her class. There are many videos all chock full of important info.

The only thing I am not a fan of is the way she paints with her bare fingers. I just cannot bring myself to get all painty. In fact I keep baby wipes on my table and use then often!  So I use gloves when I put the paint on the first layer and it works out just fine.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

5/24/17


This block makes an interesting pattern. I like the crosshatching effect as I think it makes the design stand out well.

Here is the pattern it makes. I almost forgot how enjoyable making patterns is.




Monday, May 22, 2017

5/22/17


I am still exploring carving and printing. I am trying to make some patterns again but this time not on the computer. I am going to try my hand at block printing on fabric. In the early 80's I did some fabric painting but never with a carved block. First I have to remember everything I forgot about tiling in order to make a repeat pattern.

As you can see, this one doesn't really work as a repeat pattern but I like it anyway.



Also rather than using block printing ink which is so thick, I am using screen printing ink. I like it much better as it is thinner and doesn't rub off.

These are some fun experiments!

Friday, May 12, 2017

5/12/17

Tucson Mountains

I seem to have fallen down the rabbit hole of printmaking! It all started with the making of stamps.  I was reminded of my days creating linocut Christmas cards back in the 1970's. I can't carve linoleum any more due to hand issues but the new carving mediums are really easy on the hands. I began with something called Speedy Carve which is the pink stuff. I liked it fine until I tried the Soft Cut. That was dreamy too but then I found Moo carve and all my prayers were answered. The stuff is amazing. It is soft yet firm and carves like "buttah". So Moo Carve it is for now unless I find something better that is.

I also discovered a great use for some old gelli prints that I had laying around. Anyone who does any sort of gelatin printing will know what I mean.....they take up a lot of space. So I tried printing on some of them and that worked really well.

Tucson Mountains

Here is another one I did that I really like as well in two different colors.

Desert Flower

Desert Flower
And finally this one:

Reaching Flower

I am thinking about making some cards again. Perhaps I will even re-open my Etsy shop again. Although I never had a whole lot of success with that. We will see. Right now I am enjoying the meditative and repetitive process of the carving, inking, and printing.

Monday, May 8, 2017

5/3/17

This week I have been just working on small things. Manageable things.

Stamp carving fits the bill nicely. Making patterns from them is simple and intriguing.


And then I tried a small scene:

That's it. Have a good week.