Woman and wolf entangled in dreams. New inspiration for a print. My latest doodle. I scanned in my sketch and created a vector illustration. I may do a collagraph, or dabble in watercolor for a change.
With the help of some friend's heavy lifting and my dad's carpentry skills, my new garage studio is complete. I have a 2 car garage and am using one half for the press and work space.
My dad built the work area and I covered it with glass, which you need for mixing and cleaning up ink. He also built the shelf above for storing all the ink supplies and brayers. I bought the custom made press and flat files from a fellow printmaker. I also found a vintage kitchen table and a mid century modern bar stool at the Salvation Army.
Overall I'm so excited to finally have my own space to create prints. I've run into a couple issues with having a garage studio. The first is rust. I left the press for about 3 weeks and uncovered it to find it completely coated with rust. After cleaning it all off, I coated it with lubricant and am awaiting a product recommended to me by a printing press manufacturer called Weatherpruf that supposedly keeps machines rustproof for up to a year. The other issue is emptying my huge water tray with no sink. I had to drag my whole table out to the driveway to dump the water. I'm still working on a fix for that. Either a hose to siphon it or a pump of some sort.
I know I usually post only my prints, but I finished this painting and thought I would share it. I haven't painted in a while and really like how this turned out. :) It's a larger piece and fits over a mantel.
I revisited this collagraph to create a glow effect on it. First, I covered the whole plate with a deep brown. Next, we created a rainbow roll with bright yellows fading to a reddish brown. We then rolled this over the top of the brown plate to create the glow.
Here's my latest etching. It was created on a zinc plate. First I created colored monotype backgrounds, then ran the etching over top. He is inspired from the Great Buddha statue in Kamakura, Japan. He is 13 meters tall and weighs 93 tons. I'd love to see it in person someday!
You have to love the power of YouTube. I found some cool little videos about printmaking. This one called "Final Ink" was sped up and set to music. I thought it was pretty cool. If you've never seen how a print is made, watch this clip.
I've posted two other videos on the sidebar to the right.
My instructor brought in a very large Canna Leaf from her garden for me to make a monotype with. These prints are 22 x 28 inches. I had to use a full sheet of paper. It was my first time doing so. I had to have other class members help me align the paper to the plate.
At first I didn't want to use the leaf, in fear of making a mistake. In the end I'm really glad I did. It came out so nice. We ran the leaf through the press twice so the juices wouldn't ruin the prints. I ran the first print on newsprint. Then peeled off the leaf leaving the first initial ink on the plate. I really like this method. I love how you see the veins in the leaf. Overall I got three prints from the leaf. With the amount of ink I used, I could have got 5 prints.
I did run into one problem, the paper warped slightly. I'm not sure how to prevent this when drying my prints. It happens often. I place them on a flat surface, yet they warp upward.
I'm an artist from southeast Michigan. I love many forms of art. My current passion is printmaking. I also love photography and painting. I make my living as a graphic designer for a television station.