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11  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / polar bear and aurora multimedia on: January 25, 2010 02:32:42 PM
I've had this image - of a polar bear wearing a ruff - in my head for a long time. I finally made this piece. It's got a thrifted vintage circular frame, with a geological map of the arctic as background. The polar bear is pen and ink and painted acrylic ink on Japanese paper. His ruff is also made of Japanese paper which I sewed with embroidery floss. His coat is a collage of different papers, as is the aurora borealis.

I got interested in the possibilities of white-on-white collage after doing a series of monochromatic chunky page swaps here on craftster!
12  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Lion & Lionness - The Watchers, Ngorogoro on: January 25, 2010 02:16:03 PM
My mother made a trip to Africa in the fall, a sort of once-in-a-lifetime adventure. She's redecorating her room to on the theme of this trip, so inspired by one of her photos, I made a lino block print:

This is her photo:

Isn't it an amazing photo? She took that at the Ngorogoro wildlife preserve in Tanzania.

So I then printed this and an elephant block I made years ago, onto fabric, and made this pillow for her:

13  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / JRT love on: January 25, 2010 02:07:28 PM
This is a Christmas gift I made for a friend. I enlisted her husband to secretly send me some photographs of their dog, a Jack Russel Terrrier, Orbit (aka Lady Giggleswick), and then I carved and printed her portrait:

Lady Giggleswick thinks of love

It is a lino block print in dark brown and red on white Japanese kozo paper (9.5" by 12.5" or 24.1 cm by 31.8 cm). It's carved from a single block, I just inked it in two colours.

14  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Natural History Ornaments! on: November 02, 2009 01:22:21 PM
So, I'm putting a little science in the winter holidays section, with ornaments fit for your cabinet of curiosity, with a natural history theme. I am making lino block prints onto fabric, hand-sewing onto a backing fabric with a little ribbon to suspend them.  Grin

This is a fly agaric mushroom, the moon, a blue whale, a monarch butterfly and a microscopic radiolarian front and back. Here are some more:

The lino blocks are pretty detailed, but the basic concept is very simple. You could make something similar using stamps, if you don't carve, or even try potato stamping onto fabrics. It's fun! I am using water-based block printing ink, which I heat set with a iron.
15  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Fern leaf & fractals (with leaf print tut) on: September 30, 2009 10:08:32 AM

For the month of September, 2009, the MSOE challenge is 'Fractal Geometry'. Fractals are self-similar: their parts mimic (more-or-less) the whole. Some of the exotic species within this mathematical family have precise familiar shapes, like the simplest rectilinear object you could imagine, the triangle. Others have organic lines like coast lines or plants. The fern is a stereotypical example; oblong leaves with branch off of veins which in turn branch off of other veins, in a self-similar manner.

In this mono print, I am comparing and contrasting the aspect of self-similarity, by combining a lino block printed Sierpiński Triangle (the holes in which could in theory continue ad infinitum, but being human, there is a practical limit to what can be carved) and a printed fern leaf.

Then, I made some more

So, there are lots of tutorials for relief printing (search for stamp making, for instance), but I thought I'd explain how to make a leaf print. This is how I did it:
1. Get leaf and scrap paper
2. Use a silkscreen to evenly apply the ink to the leaf. This should also produce a negative image print (i.e. colour everywhere the leaf was not) on your scrap paper. If you like how this looks, you can make some screenprints this way.
{If you don't have a screen, there are tutorials here, how to make one... or you can use a brayer or ink roller. Just be sure to place something underneath your leaf, and apply the ink evenly.}
3. Remove leaf from screen and position paper on top.
4. Burnish leaf onto paper using a baren (this is a Japanese printmaking tool which looks like a flat disk with a handle - you can get them at art supply stores). Don't have a baren? You can also use a wooden spoon- just place the round spoon against the back of the paper and rub. Alternatively, some people use rolling pins, or a book press. Everybody has a rolling pin right?

This is a fun thing to do now that it is autumn (at least in the northern hemisphere). Wink
You could layer different leaves, one on top of another.

16  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Minouette the cat, accept no substitutes ;) on: September 16, 2009 12:40:05 PM

This is my lino block print on Japanese feathered Obonai paper, in dark brown and turquoise, embellished with pen and ink. Inspired by a crazed French postcard with an old ad which reads, "Méfiez-vous de la contrefaçon!". You might translate it as "Accept no substitutes" if you wanted to be snappy, but it is more like, "Be suspicious of counterfeits!"

You can spot counterfeits by such subtle clues as inverted letters.

It's also inspired by my cat, Minouette:

I also printed it on khaki recycled Indian paper.
17  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Unicorn Amongst Umbrellas Multimedia on: September 03, 2009 09:54:43 AM
I think this goes here (rather than 'other reproduction techniques') because while these do employ printmaking they also employ collage, and I think they are more art than a 'reproduction technique'). {I wish that board were called "printmaking, etc." but oh, well...}
(Hey, sweets4ever, feel free to correct me if I've placed this in the wrong place.  Smiley )

Anyway, without further ado, I carved a lino block with a unicorn and many umbrellas and printed it on a variety of Japanese papers (cream kozo, and patterned chiyogami and katazomi-shi papers) and am making a series of multimedia pieces:

Hope you like them Smiley
18  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Moon and Reflection in the water (linocut) on: September 01, 2009 08:13:42 AM
This is something I don't usually do - a reduction print. I carved the moon first as a circle with waves below, thickest immediately below. I also traced the shape of the craters so some blue appears in the moon. I printed this in silver on blue Japanese paper (and cotton fabric). Then I carved the craters and carved away part of the waves. I then printed again in silver. 'Officially' when doing a reduction print, you print the lightest colours (white) first and move to darker colours. I wanted some silver to peak through, rather than to print silver crates onto a white moon. So, I ignored the 'rules'.

It was tricky getting the register right, because I do all this by hand rather than with a press, but I think the design is forgiving of imprecision.

Also, I printed some xiphias (swordfish) in greenish-silver on turquoise. Easier to see than to photograph:

19  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / On-going Block Printed Pillow Gallery; moon, zebras, nautilus, iguana ... on: July 19, 2009 12:21:23 PM
I've decided to make this an on-going gallery. I've been making more pillows. These are patchworks of a variety of fabrics, old and new, some of which I have block printed with my linocuts. The first one is a reduction print (carve, print, carve some more, print in a 2nd colour) of the moon reflected in the water:

with this back:

The second one is two zebras (the different varieties are Chevy's and Burchell's zebras) in black on red linen, with a spotted cheetah on turquoise print:

and this on the back:

(that's some Ikea fabric with some brown check fabric I got 2nd hand from a local designer selling off her excess).

20  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Vixen in the Snow Lino Block Print on: July 07, 2009 01:44:02 PM
Hey! I thought I would share my latest block print.

This is a lino block print on Japanese kozo paper, 9.2" by 12.5" (21 cm by 31.8 cm). Single block printed in rust and silver water-based block printing ink.

Summertime here in the Northern Hemisphere, yet I am thinking about snow.
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