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I had planned to make this a three color moku hanga print, but I didn’t like the way it was coming out. So for this print I decided just to print the black and loosely watercolor the rest by hand. Each print will be variations on a theme.

size: 3.5 x 2.5 inches

ink: Akua lamp black printed moku hanga style with steel ball baring baren. Handpainted watercolor.

paper: hot pressed 150 lib. watercolor paper

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Since I had so much fun doing the last tiny print, I decided to try another one. This one is a three-color print. Although this is much more challenging than the previous one-color print, the way it is designed will not require much registration precision (at least that’s the hope). I’m not sure about color schemes yet. This is just a Photoshop idea. I am still working on some color tests with real pigments.

As I have begun carving this, I am starting to think that it may be better suited to a larger size print. I recently read a recommendation that when scaling up a work one should adhere to the simplicity of the smaller work, so if I do make it bigger I will try to follow this advice.

Untitled, but yep, it’s my poodle boy. This print is based on a very quick sketch I did from life. I was striving to keep it simple for this print since I had to make so many and to hopefully keep the loose feeling of a sketch.

Open edition.
One block with hand painted detail.
size 3.5 x 2.5 inches.
On Nishinouchi paper.
Akua inks.

It’s a mini print exchange to celebrate Baren’s 50th print exchange – 101 prints, each 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches. I’m making this easy on myself by doing a one color print. I will be spreading the color (Akua) with a roller and printing on dry Nishinouchi paper. You can see a hint of the block in the background here. More to come later . . .


A walk with Henry

Originally uploaded by Serendipity Artist

When I started this print in the summer, I wasn’t really ready for fall. Now that it’s done we are at peak fall season here in Michigan!

A special shout out to David Bull and his amazing “My First Print” video. He turned my total frustration with this project into sheer excitement. Thank you David for going to Japan, soaking up this craft and translating it into clear and joyful multimedia!


Dream

Originally uploaded by Serendipity Artist

This is a variation on a previous print. It was created using two blocks and two impressions and then hand tinted with watercolor. This print will be at the upcoming show at the Work Gallery in Ann Arbor running August 13-September 4, 2010. See: http://art-design.umich.edu/exhibitions/detail/not_just_work.

After making the Birches print, I got inspired to change it up a bit with a night sky and a bit more detail. The image is based loosely on a photo, with a lot of imagination thrown in. I also checked a star chart to get the stars more or less correctly placed. I was happy to see the wood grain coming through as it gives it a sort of Aurora Borealis look.

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