Here is my up-to-date cat!!!
The red and green together
From here it will be all the darker colors: gray, brown, dark gray and black. It pops “meow” so I can’t wait to print the next layers!!! 🙂
Here is a close-up of Ajax’s face:
The block as of now:
Close-ups of the woodblock
The flowers in the background
Another commission project that I am working on is a piece from Marie-Madeleine Franc-Nohain’s baby calendar. My cousin and his wife wanted this particular print to hang in their baby’s nursery but wanted it to be bigger than the painting in the book. Hence I come in…The print in the book looks like a woodcut originally so it was pretty easy to break it down into colors. To make it more fluid and my own interpretation of this piece, we decided that I would carve the outline onto a linoleum block and then watercolor the piece. This way it is less time and less money. AND IT’LL LOOK AWESOME!!!! And I can change colors to suit their tastes if they want to change it. 🙂 And I can continue to make multiples of this wonderful picture in honor of Ms. Franc-Nohain.
I didn’t get a chance to post up my last few layers of color for my cat commission so here they are meow!!! I printed the yellow first, then it was pink, then blue and now finally the green. Interestingly, the blue after this green layer now looks a little purple…o__O hmm. Contrasting colors, eh?! But it should mellow out after I print my next couple of layers.
Pink and blue layers next to each other
GREEN!!! The current layer
The woodblock. I really like it just like this 😀
Now i have to wait for this green layer to dry before I can print my next layer of color….which I still have to decide if it’ll be light gray or red…..I’m just a little concerned that I printed too dark too soon….which is a reduction woodcutting NIGHTMARE….O__O *worry worry* but I think it’ll all work out in the end 🙂 I’m really liking how this is coming out.
I have finally printed the first layer for my cat commission project!!!! WOOHOOOOOO!!!!!
You can start to see the outline of Ajax and some of the flower texture. I’ve already started carving for the second layer and I hope that the ink in this layer will dry by tomorrow or Thursday!! I want to print again!! It’s funny though, I started carving right after printing yesterday but I have this bad habit of leaning on my block to carve certain areas…so, my forearms got all yellow-y. I washed and scrubbed three times with two different kinds of soap, but it wasn’t quite enough. I showed up to work with inky arms….and got teased by some of my co-workers because it was worse than I thought….>__< heehee…..BUT! Once I got home and scrubbed with a rough towel and soap, it came off fine 🙂 I’m off to carve again though, so I should really learn to use a rag to lean on….
I’ve decided to try something a little new….Once I am done with my cat commission project (going to print the first layer on Monday), I will revisit my Geisha prints 1-4 and reprint the key blocks. I’ll then be able to fill in my “key” prints with watercolor and do an “edition varie,” a series of prints that are varied in color and texture. Once I do this, I can then sell my prints at a lower cost and still make fun and beautiful artwork with my Geishas as the main focus. Speaking of focus, I really need to learn to stay focused on one piece at a time…..anywho, this is an idea that I will visit shortly.
Two prints of my latest Geisha watercolored
ERMERGERRRR…..*falls over in exhaustion* The final layer has been printed!!!!!
I can now pass out happily…..My goodness though….I had to pull at least…6 or 7 proofs before I found the one. The issue I ran into was the silver ink!!! Because I never used it before I was unsure as to what problems it would bring…the main one: it didn’t let the black ink lay on it. GYAH! Worst possible problem there could ever be….but! Easily fixed.
Denese Saunders from OGS helped me by giving me this:
It is an additive that makes the ink greasier so it will play nicely with the other layers of ink. I had to experiment with it on a small section of the block to see if it would work since we weren’t really sure if the silver was the problem or not…..I had to pull a proof….ink the block….pull more proofs….ink again….pull a proof…..add more ink….KJDFOISJF!! In the end it all worked out and I learned what to do when I use silver as a second to last layer.
THANK THE PRINTMAKING GODS!!!! IT IS THE END AND IT ALL WORKED!!!!!!!!!
The next thing that I’ve decided to experiment with is watercolors on the “key” (black) prints. This way I can do a larger set of prints that are varied in colors and textures.
Starting a watercolored version
Another day closer to the end for my geisha print!! My final layer of color will be the black, but the silver needs to be dry before I can print. So it’s a carving day only…..but YAYYYYY!!! Almost done!!!
Super glue is my best friend…….but especially for the “key” layer with all the tiny lines….
Here is the silver print!!!! ERMERGER!!!! It came out alright and I am SUPER happy!!!! I was very worried that the consistency of the ink was going to be too different to work with, but after a few “too-much-ink” runs I got the feel for it. It looks a little weird right now because it went from “dark-to-darker-to-light” again in color tones, but that’s what makes the black final layer so much more exciting to wait for! 😀 Hopefully I’ll be able to print said black layer this coming weekend (Got to let the silver layer dry all the way through), so I shall keep posting and carving!!!! 🙂
Here are a few “detail” shots:
Close-up of kimono
You can see the registration getting off alignment….darn it….
YAYYYY!!!!!! So excited for the final layer!!! ALMOST DOOONE!!!! Then on to the cat!! =^__^=m
Here is a work-in-progress of my newest woodcut, 6 out of 8 colors in:
Sixth color out of eight!! ALMOST DONE!!!! 🙂
My final two colors will be silver and black. I have never used this particular silver ink before so I am a little nervous as to if it will come out the way I would like it to, but meh…..what else can we do with art if not use it to experiment!!!!!! 😀 I say this, but if it doesn’t come out right I will most likely cry and throw a tantrum….-__-
I am also starting a commissioned project of a cat that I shall be posting up work-in-progress posts of as well.
The block (I am currently fixing that right-hand side….)
This is Ajax, the beloved cat of a family friend. Ajax is named after the Greek hero, Ajax, cousin of Achilles, and I wanted to highlight his name as much as I could. Ajax is associated with the gladiolus flower so I brought that into the background as well as a well-known Grecian design as the border.
I think this will be a pretty fun project, it is definitely a new take on what I have done before, but that’s all part of the art experience: doing things that you’ve never tried before and working through them one step at a time. I am very excited to start this block (already started carving some of the whites out) and I can’t wait to see how it looks!!
It is time to do an inventory on all my geisha prints!!! It’s kind of cool to see all of them together 🙂