Sunday, August 14, 2011

I made my first linocut print!  I was so excited.  You can't even imagine what a task it was for me to understand the whole mirror image idea.  I have some kind of positional deficit!  But I figured it out and this is what I made for my first linocut.  I hand carved the stamp, inked the stamp, and put it on cardstock.  The frame is digital.

Then, I decided to try and make a photopolymer plate-I use that for my precious metal clay to transfer images.  I started out by creating what I wanted in Pages on my Mac.  I had to learn how to change the direction of text boxes so the "shine" could be along the side of the other wording.  Then, I created the photopolymer plate.  I inked it and added it to the card stock.  This is what I came up with...

Still not completely satisfied with the results.  I wish I could attend a letterpress class!  I also have commissioned my step father to make me a home made letterpress!  Hope I can figure out how to use it! 

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Obsessed With Block Printing

 Over the last couple of weeks, I have found myself obsessed with Typography art. I've been there before.  Remember my blocks?  I just love the artists who I see doing Letterpress type work such as this print that I recently purchased on Etsy. 

This was created by Rawartletterpress-an Etsy shop owner.  I have been an admirer for some time.  I have always loved this saying.  It reminds me of something I read in The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People about first being present.  Any how......I love letters and can see that in my Thoughtfully Adorned things on etsy.  Also, another cool thing about this artist is that she connected with her sister who works with silver clay.  I bought a pendant with "You Are My Sunshine" for a friend of mine.  You just have to check them both out to understand.  I think they are brilliant and great artists. Oh, both of them had the best packaging!  So go and check them out!!!

So, as if I needed something new to obsess about, I can't stop thinking about this process.  I have been looking at old wood printing blocks, rubber stamps, definitions of all things about printing presses.  It's what I do.  I just can't stick to one medium or art type.  So, I found this great video tonight on You Tube and I think I might have to try this.  I'm just thinking that carving out a stamp might be dangerous for me! LOL-I think tomorrow I will pick up a kit at Hobby Lobby and try something this weekend.  I have some quotes in my head and some images.....we will see.  But of course, I had to try something with rubberstamps the other night......when I was supposed to be cooking's not that great but I love the saying, I made it up in my head when thinking about me and my best friend and my sister.