Been carving away...
And now I am ready to ink up and print.
I always love a striking color.
I wanted to create a print that can be used for birthday or celebration cards.
Since starting this block I have realized how much I love cake candles and even started
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My block is inked and ready!
When I develop a color for my prints,
I try to think beyond printing to what colors I would add when I apply watercolor to the prints.
I so enjoy carving and printing the small block.
this block is sized 2" x 3".
The repetition is soothing and mesmerizing to me.
Sometimes I really don't want to cut them apart...
On to the next one...
When I print I try to begin with the lightest color I will use and add darker ink as I go.
It saves on clean up.
"Fish in the Boat"
4" x 3"
This block housed many ideas before I finally decided on this one.
I wanted the image to blend better than it was, hence the rework.
Some faded parts are in each print, but I keep pressin' on!
This is a bigger block and I am hand pressing each print.
The faded parts give it that handmade and imperfect look to me.
Last but certainly not least...
"Tiki in the Sun"
4" x 2 7/8"
4" x 2 7/8"
I was so excited about this one too!
It started out as a doodle and I knew I needed to make it a print!
There is some really small details in this block.
Here I reversed every other print for a unique pattern.
Some of the details get inked over after many prints but I still love this one!
Oh and by the way, this color is not black. It is a dark gray with a bluish tint.
For printing, I have found that I really prefer an off black color versus straight black. A dark color with a bluish tint has richness and gives it a unique look.
These blocks were not carved over a few nights. They are examples of how being consistent and doing just a little bit each day can get it done. I carved these blocks off and on from 6 months to a year.
A few cuts a day and before you know it - you are ready to print-
Living like a printmaker on this artist holiday,