Hannah Overman Koch

Monday, February 25, 2013

Printmaking Happy Crabby Part 2

Check out Part 1 of my Happy Crabby here-

Here it is-

You can believe lessons are being learned through this process!

Print 1 - Yellow
Print 2 - Magenta Pink

Results:  The pink on top of the yellow results in a red orange kind of color in some areas.
I have realized this is one of the most exciting part of printmaking-

How will the colors appear when overlapped?

Here's some photos of the process:

How awesome is this color!

This is my linoleum block inked up and ready for printing.

Look closely you can see a slight impression on the paper.

This is what the paper looks like after rolling it through the rolling press.
The Happy Crabby linoleum block is underneath.  
I took this photo just before I removed the paper and placed it on the drying rack.

Do you see what could look like a teal color in this closeup?

Before I started the pink, I experimented with this color.
It was advertised as turquoise blue!
It was not turquoise, it is in fact a teal green.

It's a nice color but not what I want for my Happy Crabby!

On a side note though, I really love how the ink stands on the block.  
You can see the detailed lines.

Luckily, I purchased this magenta pink also!

I did a few prints of just pink as well!

What's next?

Cut away more block and print one last time with black ink.

Thanks to Johnston Community College and Jerry's Artarama!

continuing to learn that there is more to learn on this artist holiday,

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Task of a Lifetime

I have been given the task of a lifetime...

being a Mother to 2 daughters.

I pray I show them...

the courage to forgive themselves,
the grace to find beauty in the bodies they are given,
the strength to live the fullest life possible,
a curiosity of the world that will never cease,

and above all...

that love will be the origin of all their motives.

realizing more and more with each day how my actions are how they learn, not my words...

on this artist holiday,


Friday, February 8, 2013

Printmaking Happy Crabby Part 1

Remember Happy Crabby?

Click here to see his first appearance on artist holiday.

This was my children's toy and I loved the colors.  I painted it in my sketchbook back in 2011.

Now I am in a printmaking class and decided Happy Crabby needed to make an appearance in another medium - printmaking!

Materials used:
linoleum block
linoleum cutters
image drawn onto block
Oil based printmaking inks
printmaking paper cut to size
registration mat
rolling press

Happy Crabby is cut and ready for the first color!


The block is inked with an oil based yellow ink.
It is also sitting inside a registration mat.

The registration mat will help me align the paper properly each time.

Detail view of inked linoleum block.

Next I...
lay down the paper gently,
send it through the rolling press, 
peel it off and....


This is a reduction print process.  Therefore this is only step one of the process.

Now I will cut more of the image away and prepare to ink another color.  What I cut away will remain yellow.

Stay tuned for the next color!

Thanks to Johnston Community College, my professor Mr. Bill Gregory and my classmates for making Fridays so fun!

exploring a new medium and enjoying new processes on this artist holiday,

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Hearts of Joy

You may be seeing a lot of hearts on my blog this year...

I have chosen "Heart" as my word for 2013.

My definition of choosing a word to symbolize the year simply means, it is my mascot for the year.

I chose "heart" because I want to put more of my heart into everything I do!  
I hope to push myself further creatively in 2013.

I created these hearts for the preschool lesson this Wednesday night as examples.

The lesson title - JOY!
a Fruit of the Spirit

I hope that the lesson and making a heart collage will bring them JOY!

JOY is color...

JOY is exploration!

Sharing my hearts of color and freedom of exploration on this artist holiday,