Sunday, November 19, 2017

Reduction Linocut

I am beginning my first reduction linocut, also know as a "suicide" linocut. This is because you are cutting away the image in stages, after each cut you print for one color, and you do that for each color until the end when all your linoleum is cut away. This means you can't go back and make any changes to your print once you are done printing.

Week 1: First I started out with my idea for my image, then I planned out all the colors I wanted to have in my image

The next step was to transfer the image onto the linoleum with carbon paper, I outlined the image with sharpie so I could see where to cut. I then began to cut away areas of the image that I want WHITE, because my first color layer I will be printing is yellow.

Week 2- Cutting away more of the image, I still have some cutting to do in the waves and the background. Most of the image will have dark blue outlines, and the darkest color will be the last color that I print. I print from light to dark, because lighters colors will not show up on top of darker colors.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

multiple plate etching process and Italian sunflowers

Inspired by a trip I took to Italy 5 years ago, I decided to take an old painting and make it into a line etching. I transformed the landscape a bit, by adding a windmill and some rolling hills. I really liked how the sunflowers were more defined in the front, and lost their detail in the background. I tried to give the impression of a vast landscape of sunflowers.

This is the first step in the three color line etching with aquatint process. This is the line etching, and the next step will be to transfer this image onto the other two plates. I will then aquatint (melt dust) onto the other two plates, and begin doing timed bitings into acid to get different values. Each plate has it's own color, so that when you print them all together the colors layer on top of each other and mix to get different colors.

Here is a color study I did on top of my line etching. This will give me a better idea of what colors and values I want to use when I aquatint the other plates.

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Friday, June 2, 2017

Soft ground line etching

It's the end of the semester and I managed to churn out one more art print. I only had a couple of sessions left, so I went with a 4x6 soft ground line etching on a zinc plate. I finished it on time, and even had time to make a few revisions. My only complaint is that the values are a little too close together. I lightened the background to make the ducks pop out more.

Thats it for now, i'm taking a brief hiatus from printmaking this summer, I will be teaching art to kids though so that should be a nice change of pace. I plan on making some more prints this fall, and in the mean time I will keep posting other art projects I am working on.

Heres the latest print:

This is the edited version, after the burnishing.

Thanks for reading, and stay tuned!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Painting with oils

After a 3 year hiatus, i've decided to pick up oil painting again. After seeing the Monet exhibit at the Legion of Honor I felt inspired to run home and paint. For those who don't know, Monet is the first impressionist painter. He truly is a master of capturing light, in quick and loose strokes. My painting did not come out like Monet's because Monet was a master, and I have a lot more painting to do before i'm anywhere near his level. I highly recommend checking out his paintings when you have the chance. Right now there is a special exhibit at the Legion of Honor, in SF. Check it out.

Here's what i've been working on:

Oil on canvas 4x4

Painting palate and mixed paints
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Friday, March 10, 2017

Multiple Plate Etching

Multiple plate line etching, with aquatint. 4X6 inches. Studio Proof.

Last week I shared the first step in the multiple plate etching process. Now I am sharing with you the final studio proof print. Next week I will show you step by step how I completed this project, and how I made revisions. But for starters, its important to note, that this process is very similar to how you would make a single plate line etching with aquatint. The only difference is that we are using three plates, all with one color to make a final print. For this one, I used three primary colors, red, yellow, and blue. Once all printed together, the colors I used mix to create the different colors you see in this print. More info on how I made each plate, next week.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Fall 2016 Printmaking Assignments

Hi friends,

After much procrastination, I finally decided to take a printmaking class, and i'm so glad I did because I think I found my happy medium. Here are some assignments that I completed for the class last year, along with a little bit of information about each print. If you have any questions or comments feel free to email at me at, or leave a comment below.

Assignment 1- Hard ground line etching with aquatint.

I used a photo of a leopard that my mom took in Africa. For this one I etched all the spots, I think if I were to do this again I would have used aquatint for the spots. Aquatint is a process used for getting all those nice gray values. This plate was over melted, meaning the dust was melted for to long onto the plate, leaving a grainier texture, thus I wasn't able to control the values as well. It's all a learning curve, overall it turned out okay.

Assignment 2- Soft ground Line drawing, and chine colle (pasted papers)

This was a fun assignment, I also used a photo reference for this one, mostly because I wanted to learn the technique and not spend so much time coming up with a concept. Also, I love drawing birds and nature. Soft ground has a bit of a lighter look to it. With a soft ground drawing, you transfer the image onto the tracing paper and then place the tracing paper on the plate, and start shading/drawing your image. By drawing with harder and softer lead, you can control the line weight, also the more pressure you draw with the harder the line.

Part 2- Chine colle

Chine colle is the process of printing a thin piece of paper over an image, to give it a different background color. chine-colle translates from french Chine=tissue  Colle- Pasted or glued

as you can see, I pasted down a light colored tissue paper over my image. if I pasted down a darker sheet of paper, you wouldn't see the image as clearly.

For this image I went for a less traditional approach, and cut out the different pieces of paper to be pasted. This is very time consuming, but you get interesting results. also you have to be fast, and get all the pieces down before the glue dries up.

Assignment 3- Linocut- is a technique in which a sheet of linoleum is used for a relief surface. By cutting into the linoleum, you get white areas and anything that is left uncut will be black.

I enjoy taking pictures of flowers, and making art pieces out of them. They are very interesting to look at. This one was fun to make. But maybe next time I would have done the inverse of this 
image because the lines in the flower petal are very delicate.

Linocut with a color rollup. I added some yellow to this one. I rolled out a yellow color onto plexiglass, and then wiped away all the areas where I didn't want color and transferred onto the print.

Assignment 4- Monoprint- monoprinting is a form of printmaking where lines can only be made once, you can't make multiple originals like most printmaking. There are many materials you can use for monoprinting. I used a plexiglass plate to draw an outline of my image, and then added one black color on the reverse side of the plate. After the ink was applied to the plate, I wiped away areas for highlights, and grays. I used tissue, and q-tips for thinner lines. I learned, that it's very hard to control the outcome of the image with monoprinting, and not easy to fix mistakes.

Monoprint 1

Monoprint Ghost- A ghost image can be made by placing a sheet of paper over the printed image to get a second print. I then did a color rollup over the ghost image. You can even do multiple ghost images, and adjust the pressure of the press to make it tighter. I managed to get a third one, but you'll have to message me if you REALLY want to see it.

Assignment 5- Solar plate Etching- Solar plate etching is a lot like developing photos traditionally. First you have a solar plate, which you then expose a transparency of your image onto using a very bright light. We had a fancy exposure machine in class to make it. The trick is to have a really good image, with multiple values, that aren't to close together. I used a photo I took in Corciano, Italy.

Corciano, Italy- Solar plate etching - S/P

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Multiple plate Aquatint

I'm starting my first Multiple plate aquatint. A multiple plate aquatint is when you have different plates for different colors. If you were to do one plate, you would be limited to one color. First I drew an image from a photo, and etched it onto the plate. I'm also using photo reference for the colors. Here is the soft ground line etching.

I'm using three plates for this process, red, yellow, and blue. My key plate will be blue. Next week I will start the red plate and create different values with aquatint.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Making Linocuts

Last fall I took a printmaking class and learned how to create prints using a variety of techniques including etchings, chine colle (pasted papers) and Linocut printing. Here is a print I did of a zebra.
I was inspired by photos of zebras taken by my mom while she was visiting Africa.
When working with linocut, you are cutting away all the areas you want white. These areas will not pick up any ink. I had fun creating the stripes, and shapes of the plants in the background.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

The making of a Zine

Hello there. A year ago I read an article about an octopus who escaped from the New Zealand Aquarium, and I instantly thought this would look so cool as an illustrated story. But at the time I didn't take action because as a children's book the story didn't have enough substance. A year later, I'm thinking this would look great as a zine! plus I've always wanted to try making a zine. It doesn't require quite as much effort as a children's book, and it's a quick way to get my ideas out there.

Here i'm going to share with you some of the early stages of my writing/illustrating process:

First I created a rough outline, or storyboard. I'm keeping it loose, because I just want to get an idea of the overall feel and layout of the story.

By now i'm feeling pretty good and excited about the project, so I make a cover. This may change later, but I want to get a general idea of what it might look like.

My next step will be to flesh out the storyboard with more solid sketches, maybe even add some color. and write a rough draft.
Stay Tuned!