I'm pleased to offer a Woodblock Printing Workshop on June 8 at the Howard County Center for the Arts in Ellicott City, MD. All experience levels are welcome! Materials are included, so it's a great chance to try out woodblock, print with color, and learn to work with Akua inks, which are intensely pigmented, non-toxic, professional quality inks.
Woodblock Printing Workshop
Saturday, June 8, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
$100, materials included
Please register here by June 4
Learn the process of creating woodblock prints, or "woodcuts". Participants will create a line drawing on wood, then carve away the negative space to produce a bold, linear "key block." We will then transfer the design to a second block to carve and add color. Printing techniques will be introduced, as well as instruction on using non-toxic Akua inks and modifiers. The woodblocks can then be used to print an edition or experiment with color variations.
Participants will have hands-on instruction in exploring a variety of techniques including:
· Carving a design into a woodblock (suitable for printing)
· Transferring a printed image to a color block
· Registration (lining up the key block and the color block)
· Inking woodblocks
· Printing by hand or with a press (I have barens AND a baby press!)
Walk away with 2-3 woodblocks, a set of prints, and a list of resources for printing supplies.
I hope you'll join me!
I'm gearing up for the spring/summer festival season! Below is a list of where I will be. The first festival is less than a month away. I've been organizing my studio in preparation for all the work that is about to happen there, and once I finish submitting my spring grades, I will be ready to print, print, PRINT!
ArtPark at Lakefest/Columbia Festival of the Arts, at the Columbia Lakefront, Friday, June 14: 5 - 9 p.m., Saturday, June 15: Noon - 9 p.m., Sunday, June 16: Noon - 7 p.m., 2013
Haddonfield Fine Art and Crafts Festival, Haddonfield, NJ, Sat. July 13, 2013 / 11 am to 7 pm, Sun. July 14, 2013 / noon to 5 pm.
Artscape, Artists' Market, Baltimore, MD, Friday, July 19 through Sunday, July 21, 2013.
Please mark your calendar and stop by if you can!
The Resident Visual Artist Exhibition is on display at the Howard County Center for the Arts through June 23, 2013. This is a great chance to see what all the resident artists have been working on in their studios. Come check it out! Also, please mark your calendars for the closing reception, June 20, from 6 to 8 p.m., with open studios from 7 to 8 p.m.
This woodblock print is one of 5 pieces I have in the show. It is based on a view of the Niagara River, in Niagara Falls, NY. The artwork is printed from one Shina woodblock. It was printed using the reduction method, in which a single block is carved and printed in stages.
Title: Niagara River
Medium: Woodblock Print (Reduction Method)
Paper: Rives BFK, White
Paper Size: 10 x 14"
Image Size: 8 x 12"
Ink: Akua Intaglio
Edition size: 13
Alpacas for the Ace of Hearts in an Art in Hand animals deck.
I previously posted about the Alpacas in Progress and here is the final print! My goal was to get One Good Print for the Art in Hand deadline. When both my kids were sick the week before, I wasn't sure how it was going to happen. I carved my color blocks at home, over several days, then printed in my studio, on the very day/night that they were due! There must have been some magic in my studio because it all came together, calmly and not in a hurried frenzy. I was even able to go to bed at a decent hour, and for that I am grateful!
I took some photographs of the process:
This is the black and white proof, which I hand-colored with watercolor crayons. I have a set of 40 Caran d'Ache Neocolor crayons, which provide a great range of colors and I can get a sense of what will happen when I layer colors, as well.
The key block is on the far right, and to the left are three of the color blocks. The fourth color block is actually the backside of another block.
Here is the set with the two-sided block flipped over.
Side note: check out my new Ribba picture ledge from Ikea! It is great for getting blocks and frames up off my table tops to clear the surfaces (or make room for more stuff, as you can see here). Next time I go to Ikea, I plan to stock up on these and line my studio walls with them.
So, there it is! I said before that it is for the Queen of Hearts but it is actually for the Ace of Hearts. I'm looking forward to seeing the decks in a few months. In the meantime, my next step will be to print my edition of alpacas--I'm planning for an edition of 35.
Here are the details:
Paper: Rives BFK
Paper Size: 10 1/2 x 13"
Image Size: 8 1/2 x 11"
Block: Shina--5 blocks
Ink: Akua Intaglio
Edition size: 35
I'm a woodblock printmaker who is committed to a non-toxic (or less toxic) art practice. I started out as a painter but found my way to printmaking through a love of paper and process. I seem to be falling for papermaking in the same way. I went to Syracuse University, where I studied painting (BFA) and museum studies (MA). I was a Resident Artist at the Howard County Center for the Arts for five years and previously worked at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. This blog is for posting works-in-progress and new works, as well as a few creative projects I've done with my kids.