Printeresting: Mountain Man Preview

Here’s a preview pic of the small, 4×6″ linocut  block I am working on: Mountain Man! Less blurry and more process pictures to come.

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Printeresting: It’s Nice to be Nice

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I printed another hand-carved linoleum block, this time on my own small Speedball Printer’s Press. This block measures 4×6 and is the linocut version of a sketch I made a while back of my parents’ favorite mantras when my siblings and I just couldn’t get along growing up. It’s probably a good daily reminder for anyone, actually.

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Inkin’ it up!

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I printed it in red and pink. I’m printing a couple more colors, too!

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Also, sorry for the dark photos. I’m working on it. Just turn up the brightness on your screen for now.


Printeresting: Floral Orb

Hello! It’s been a while. I can only blame my absence on pure laziness. Winter does that to me; my brain shuts off from January to mid-March. I think bears have it right–we should all just hibernate! Luckily spring is upon us, and we’re getting the last of these cold spells (or at least I hope so).

I’ve filled my sketchbook a little the past few months and plan on posting pictures, but I’m most excited about the projects I have done most recently. I’m getting really into making prints again (why did I ever stop doing this??? So fun!), particularly linocuts. I’ve always loved the process. You spend hours and hours carving into a block and creating this image that you almost lose track of what it is you’re making. Then seeing it print out on the paper for the first time is like magic!

My awesome friend Julianne recently set up her Line-o-Scribe, a tabletop proofing press that is just perfect, and she was gracious enough to let me use it–and show me how! We locked in my block, which was about 12×12″ and ran some test proofs to get the pressure and inking down pat. It can be be a long process to get everything to work out perfectly, and I’m definitely a little rusty (I haven’t really printed anything in a couple years!). Getting everything perfect really takes a lot of attention to detail, which has never been my forte. We had to make some minor adjustments, but then printing went pretty smoothly. I ended up printing two different colors–black and bright magenta!

Below are some process pictures of the linoleum block and the final prints.

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I started off  by drawing my image in pencil and then going over it with Sharpie on the linoleum. I didn’t sketch this one out at all; I’ve done enough of these orbs that I knew where I was going and what I wanted to do! Then I just started carving away.

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Carving has always been my favorite part of the process. Some people love inking the block (swish swish swish), other people love pulling the paper off the block and seeing the image on the page for the first time (well we probably all love that!) but carving has always been my favorite!

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Just carving at the park, no big deal. This was on one of the warmer days we’ve had recently… Hopefully coming back again soon!

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Final black ink version. Yay!

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Pink!

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I just can’t wait to carve and print more!

Sketchbook: I like your vibes.

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Yes, yes, yes.


Sketchbook: It’s Nice to be Nice

I made this a while ago. It’s one of my dad’s favorite sayings. Happy Saturday!

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Recent Things

Well, it’s been a while since I’ve posted on here. Here’s a few things I’ve made lately!

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Above: I was recently lucky enough to acquire this chalkboard. We were throwing some old ones out at work and I thought I could find a use for a few of them rather than they end up in the dumpster. This large one now hangs above my living room couch. I like that I’ll be able to switch it out frequently and have something that’s always changing on my wall. It actually doesn’t even have the above lettering on it anymore!

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Above: Simple lettering.

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Above: Walt Whitman is one of my all time favorites, and I consider himself and I kinda of like kindred spirits. I mean, that beard…

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Above: Just a friendly reminder.

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Above: It’s the most wonderful time of the year! I’m thinking about sending out cards.

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Above: A few weeks ago I visited the lovely Golden Valley Pumpkin Patch, run by my awesome friend Andrea and her family in my hometown of Washington, MO, and got a couple of beautiful pumpkins! Then last weekend I got together with some friends and carved and painted pumpkins. This white one is my favorite. Oh yeah, and GO REDBIRDS! October is my favorite month.

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Above: Lastly, here’s a sneak peek of a project I’ve been “working” on. I wanted to add some washi tape pizzazz to my apartment, so I’m adorning a door frame with a chevron pattern. It’s looking great so far, but it’s also taking me a while! Stay tuned!

Happy Saturday, y’all!


Hardwood Floors

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Have a nice day!


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