Monthly Archives: December 2011

ordinary to handcrafted

Well I was trying out lino-cut hand printing at my house to see how well it would work. In my past projects I have printed on press, so I wanted to see how well it would work without a press. Also I wanted to take something ordinary and create something that was one of a kind.

I have already carved out my lino-cut block prints and they are ready to go. First of all I layout my ink on my glass coffee table and roll out the ink with my roller. See image 1. Then I ink up my lino-cut blocks See image 2. I have the designed carved into the blocks, the ink sits on the surface of the block and shows up black the gold color is the color of the lino-cut and it will be the color of whatever paper or printing material I use. I am using tissues to print on for several reason. First, I want to see how well they will hold up to hand printing with it tear? will it stick? Second, I think tissues are boring lets change them up a bit. I take the tissue out of the box, straighten it out and lay it across the lino-cut block in front of me. Then I take another piece of paper and lay it down over the top to protect the tissue. Then I use a bank statement or a credit card statement, that I have never opened, whatever is in the paper scrape pile and put it over the top. The I press the paper down and rub my hand gently across the whole surface in a circular motion. Then I pull up the scrape paper, and carefully pull up the tissue. yeah! It worked. See image 3. I printed on several more object just see how it would work. I think the best one was the post-it notes see image 4 and 5.

life imitates art

Well, I was in a Dallas parking lot over the Thanksgiving holiday and as I was walking to the car, I noticed this in the cement.

This reminded me of my Dead Frog series I had done about a year earlier. The inspiration for this series, was that I had seen some smashed dried frogs on the road when I was walking. Then the idea evolved from there. Then in the cement my art was there in real life.

finally finished

Well I have completed the book.

I wanted to show some pictures of the completed book. I have chosen some of my favorites. these images communicate what I was after, which is about a little dog that gets a new home and the new things he experiences his first summer there.

lace book together

Now that I have completed all the eyelets in the book , I am ready to lace all the pages of the book together.

I looked at several different ways to bind the book, but this simple way seem to fit with the book. See image 1. I am going to thread all the pages through one side then thread them through the other. Then tie a knot in both sides. Starting the task, see image 2.