52 Weeks of Print: 39/52

My love of beetles and other insects is unparalleled – not the real sort, mind you, but the pictorial sort. Can’t seem to get enough of the little buggers. I think that, at this point, I need to improve my print quality. I’m loving these prints so much and want to see them transfer smoothly. Hence my […]

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52 Weeks of Print: 38/52

This first image is from Instagram. Text was as follows: Note to self: Although it be small, it be sharp. And it was. It started as a simple deer and before long his antlers sprouted flowers. What can I say? With this carving, I decided to try a little cross-hatching. The details in the antlers as […]

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52 Weeks of Print: 37/52 Reduction Printing

Another attempt at reduction printing this week so, again, I kept it fairly simple. This is my initial carving. And this is the final. Critical: I think there should have been more detail in the final layer. My first attempt had dark brown as the final, darkest layer and that was too much. So, I […]

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52 Weeks of Print: 36/52

I had a grand reduction print vision with this carving but once I really got into it I decided, instead, to create a different composition by adding the stamped tan bar to the left. This did the trick. Sometimes you’ve just got to play. A few of my tools. Are you wondering why the wooden […]

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52 Weeks of Print: 35/52

I’m beginning to obsess a little over this printmaking. As in I really want to make it look a little more professional. Took 35 weeks, but hey. After a lightbulb moment, I dug out my large, artist’s desk magnifying glass to combat the eye strain I’ve had for the previous 34 carvings. THAT made a […]

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52 Weeks of Print: 33/52

After 32 “Weeks” of Printing, it’s time to put on my big girl pants and move past a simple monoprint. This week I eased into the world of reduction printing. It’s still a carved block print made with linoleum or wood blocks. In Wikipedia’s words, a reduction print is a multicolor print in which separate colors […]

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DIY: Leather Planner With Interchangeable Inserts

To say I get excited about making my own planner would be a gross understatement. I have been planning since Thanksgiving.   If you’re not up to date, last year my favorite planner was discontinued and, with a very stubborn and somewhat angry attitude, I decided to make my own version.   While perusing options […]

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52 Weeks of Print: 32/52

I did a lot of searching online to find an ornate pair of small embroidery scissors for this weeks entry. Wanted a bit more variety and challenge. I love this pair I found. I can’t possibly draw a mirror image…like to claim it…but I can’t. How do you think I got both sides of the […]

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52 Weeks of Print: 31/52

Been awhile, right? I took a break from printmaking but never forgot it and always planned to return. So, here we pick up a little over halfway – week 31. Love me some scissors. (See week 30 below) Next week may continue this scissor streak. I’ve got ideas. And that’s good enough for me. 🙂 […]

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52 Weeks of Print: 30/52

Today was my “special day”, if you get my drift. So I may have been feeling a little antique-ish. And, to be perfectly honest, aside from the antique-ish part, my “special day” is just like any other day. Except for cooking. I don’t cook on “special days”. Do you cook on your special day? I’ll […]

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52 Weeks of Print: 29/52

Initial sketch and lino carving. Do you see that? ©2015 for cryin’ out loud! Where has the time gone? I could not wait to get back to this series. And, looking back over the past 29 “weeks”, I seem to be drawn to greenery of some sort, whether imagined or real. This particular one, called […]

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