Monday, May 28, 2012

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Wolf Dreams Illustration

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.

Monday, July 11, 2011

My New Printmaking Studio

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.

Monday, April 05, 2010

Arabic Abstract Acrylic Painting

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.

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Fern Monotypes

"Fern Botanicals"

I love ferns!
I have a huge plant at work and have wanted to experiment with some of its' large leaves.
I'm really happy with the results.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Golden Koi

"Golden Koi"

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.

Thursday, January 31, 2008


"Sitting Buddha"

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!

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Black and White Monotypes

Here are some monotypes I made last night.
The red tint resulted from leftover ink that someone must have used on the materials previously.
It was unexpected, but I liked the way it came out.

Friday, December 28, 2007

Happy Holidays!

Merry Christmas to everyone from my side of the world.
It was a great, long holiday weekend up in northern Michigan.

I finally got to post my quail print. I gave it to my sister as a gift.
I framed it with a thicker brushed chocolate frame this time instead of the small black that I usually do.

Here are some other color variations...

I made quite the mess with this print...

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Final Ink

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.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

More Leaf Monotypes...

I'm having a bit of a leaf obsession lately.
The fall colors are just now turning.
I'm collecting leaves while I still can for projects in the winter.

"Leaf Shine 2"


"Leaf Shine 1"

Monday, October 08, 2007

Ruth Thomas - Contemporary Printmaker

I stumbled across this artist's website and was really inspired.
It's not often that I find someone who specializes in collagraphs.

I really enjoyed her portfolio. I posted two of her pieces below.
View the rest at:

"Bodelwyddan III"


Monday, September 24, 2007

Canna Leaf Monotype

(click image to see detail)

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.