TBFF on Etsy + Monotypes as a Learning Tool

December 15, 2014 § 2 Comments

Available linocut prints on Etsy.

A collection of available linocut prints.

TBFF on Etsy

It’s been a bustling week in my studio in the midst of the holiday season. If anyone would like to give an existing TBFF print as a gift this year, now is the time to order from my Etsy Shop so it can reach you before the holiday!

A shipment of work that went

Owls, snakes, elephants! This is an order of work that was shipped out today.

My Etsy shop is stocked with the first two linocut prints for the Thailand Burma Flora Fauna project– the Camellia Kissi flower and baby Malayan Tapir! 

Plus one-of-a-kind monotypes featuring Asian elephants, moonlit Bagan, Burma landscapes, regal cats, and Thai Buddha statues.

Available Thailand Burma Flora Fauna prints listed on Etsy Shop!

Thailand Burma Flora Fauna prints are available listed on my Etsy Shop!

Also available are handmade linocuts of owls, moons, snakes, mushrooms, poppies, and a beautiful Atlas Moth carved by friend and artist Don Mackessy during the predecessor project to my Thailand Burma Flora Fauna Kickstarter— a collaborative effort to make imagery about the plants and animals of sunny California.

A linocut of the American Desert Hare (or Black Tailed Jackrabbit) and a California Poppy.

A linocut of the American Desert Hare (or Black Tailed Jackrabbit) and a California Poppy.

An intricate linocut of an Atlas Moth carved by friend and artist Don Mackessy during a collaborative project.

An intricate linocut of an Atlas Moth carved by friend and artist Don Mackessy during a collaborative project.

Monotypes as a Learning Tool

In this final stage of the Thailand Burma Flora Fauna project, I am finishing the last of the print designs, and reworking existing images before creating the permanent plates that are to make up the bulk of this series of prints.

Burning the midnight oil  reworking existing designs before making the final plates!

Burning the midnight oil reworking existing designs before making the final plates!

Currently, I am in a somewhat awkward position in that this next step requires that all of the print designs are to be completed at once, so that supporters of this project can see the available options simultaneously before choosing which prints they would like to receive.

We are nearly there– and I appreciate all of your patience! It is important to me that the print designs are equally strong, and that together they make up a cohesive body of work.

I have been making monotypes as learning tools to help me understand what is or is not working about a particular print design for the TBFF project. They have been especially useful for a print featuring a landscape of Bagan, Burma, as well as another image of an Asian Elephant.

The painted copper plate of a monotype featuring the Asian Elephant.

The painted copper plate of a monotype featuring the Asian Elephant.

The ghost print of the Asian Elephant monotype is a one-of-a-kind print after the copper plate is wiped clean.

The ghost print of the Asian Elephant monotype is a one-of-a-kind print after the copper plate is wiped clean.

Monotype: A monotype is a one-of-a-kind print made by painting or drawing directly onto a flat copper plate, and then running that plate through a printing press leaving the ink image on paper. My monotypes are unique in that after the print is pulled, I draw back into each image with black and white printing ink, followed by hand stamping an signing each piece.

Monotypes are different from copper plate etchings in that once the prints are pulled, the flat plate is wiped clean, never to be printed again.  If it were an etching or engraving, you could reprint more at will.

Usually, after the initial monotype print, you can pull one or two additional “ghost prints”– much lighter variations with less ink and often greater character. The outcome for each one is very different!

Monotypes featuring a Thai Buddha statue in my home. You can see the variation between the first print and the two additional ghost prints.

Monotypes featuring a Thai Buddha statue. You can see the variation between the first print and the two additional ghost prints.

Regal house cat monotype.

Regal cat monotype.

A detail of a monotype ghost print helping me to work out the composition of an upcoming TBFF print.

A detail of a monotype ghost print that helped me to work out the composition of an upcoming TBFF print., featuring Bagan, Burma.

Thank you all so much for your ongoing support of my project! I appreciate all of you who reach out to me through email and across social media platforms– on Facebook, Etsy, and Instagram. Thank you!

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Camellia Kissii Print Complete! Plus Monotypes + Etsy

November 9, 2014 § 9 Comments

Camellia Kissii, 4 x6", Oil Ink Linocut on French Paper, 2014

Camellia Kissii, Linocut on French Co. Paper, 4 x 6 inches (10.15 x 15.25 cm), 2014

The first edition of linocuts for the Thailand Burma Flora Fauna project is complete, packaged, and being shipped out early this week!

I’ve also listed several of them on my Etsy site in case you would like to add one to your art collection or to send one as a gift to a friend. :) It features the Camellia Kissii flower found in Burma, said to be named after a botanist named Kiss.

Drying linocuts, garden herbs, and a favorite Navajo blanket on my studio wall.

Drying linocuts, garden herbs, hot Thai chili peppers, and a favorite Navajo blanket on my studio wall.

THANK YOU all so much for your continued patience and support as I learn and hone my skills as a printmaker.

I am striving to bring you the highest quality work possible, and making this first print was a huge learning curve for me. I’m happy to say I’ve worked out a lot of the initial kinks in the process.

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The linocut plate inked up (bottom) with a pulled print above it. One tricky aspect of printmaking– is how to carve an image in one direction, that will look “correct” to our eyes when it is printed in reverse on paper.

My printing press (dubbed The Little Workhorse) and walls filled with drying prints.

My printing press (dubbed The Little Workhorse) with studio walls filled with drying prints.

Illustrating variations between prints.

Illustrating the variations between prints.

Variations

Making prints by hand is just that– a handmade craft. There is always an ebb and flow of variability and variation between the prints. Some are darker, some are lighter, some prints have more “character”. Some of the prints were lovingly touched up with a white opaque gouache, and others were trimmed down a bit– but all of them passed my eagle-eyes quality control check.

As far as character goes, I even added two versions to the edition that have a random ghostly spot on the upper leaf (pictured above, upper right corner). I’ve come to enjoy the prints with a little character, as it makes each one a more unique.

Studio walls with drying prints (plus a tiger print by Andrea Lauren that hangs above my work desk).

Studio walls with drying prints (plus a tiger print by Andrea Lauren peeking into the frame above my work desk).

Drying linocut prints featuring the Camellia Kissii flower.

Drying linocut prints featuring the Camellia Kissii flower.

Pictured above, Camellia Kissii linocut prints drying on a state-of-the-art blue tape, paper clip and twine combination. This helps the prints to dry free of dust and smudges as oil based inks take longer to cure. It also helps to fit a lot of work into a limited space!

Throwback to making the original pencil mock up before carving the Camellia Kissii print in linoleum.

Throwback to drawing the preliminary pencil mock up before carving the Camellia Kissii print into linoleum.

Unsatisfied with the first hare chop I had carved, I made several variations until I got it right. Once, I was happy with it, I spliced it into the linoleum block.

Unsatisfied with the first hare chop I had carved, I made several variations of it. Once I was happy with it, I spliced the hare chop into the linoleum block. (A chop is a traditional stamp-signature.)

The lino block with its new hare chop.

The linocut block with its new hare chop carefully spliced into it.

The Clean Hands Club: This is what signing a 102 prints looks like. From right to left, signed, signing, and the to-be-signed pile.

The Clean Hands Club: This is what signing 100 prints looks like. From top right to middle bottom to left: signed, signing, and the to-be-signed pile.

The Camellia Kissii print framed!

The Camellia Kissii print framed in a simple white frame!

Monotype Printmaking

Next week, I’ll be sharing how I’m using monotype printmaking (one-of-a-kind prints made by drawing with ink on a flat copper plate) to physically work out the remaining imagery for the Thailand Burma Flora Fauna project!

Below, you can see the original oil ink drawing on the flat copper plate, and the resulting transfer onto paper. The print shown is the second monotype pulled– a lighter after-image called a “ghost print”, also available on my Etsy shop.

An example of using monotype printmaking

A monotype “ghost print” featuring Bagan, Burma that will be the central image in an upcoming TBFF print!

THANK YOU all so much for your continued support!

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