Last weekend I led a workshop on one-block reduction woodcut printing at the Schack Art Center in Everett, Washington. For twelve hours, over two days, the nine participants carved and printed, carved and printed, carved and printed. For some it was their very first time wielding a Japanese wood carving tool, an ink-loaded brayer or a paper stencil made sticky with ink and tape. Printmaking, and in particular reduction printmaking, can be a frustrating exercise in thinking backwards; so I commend them all on their stick-to-it-ness. Take a look below at the participants hard at work and at their finished or in-progress one-block reduction woodcuts.
Holymoly it was difficult to stay indoors this weekend, with the sunshine and warm temperatures and all. I managed to stay studio-focused long enough to do some serious block carving and one more run through the press. With a bit more tweaking I believe this one will be done.
Hooray, it's the weekend! I hit the studio early this morning and spent the day working on my spider print. Four additions and now it's time for both the print, and me, to take a break. I'm putting my feet up and enjoying a glass of wine while my edition of prints are resting on the drying rack. They need a few days of repose before I smush them through the press again.
I'm working an extra day at church each week and while the extra money is appreciated, the reshuffling of my weekly schedule has taken some time to get used to. Fortunately, over the past weekend I was able to eek out some much needed studio time. In addition to washing, drying and folding several loads of laundry; purchasing cat food for three hungry felines; making an excellent pot of minestrone, (really, I out-did myself); and delivering some artwork for an upcoming group exhibit; I also found time to completely fatigue my right arm carving spider web patterns into plywood and get two colors on my latest print. I like how it looks at this point and am now entering into the phase where I'm convinced I will (and just might) ruin the whole thing.
after the Boden Spring Catalog
after the Antrhopologie Spring Catalog