printmaking


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

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.

Tree sketches by Serendipity Artist
Tree sketches, a photo by Serendipity Artist on Flickr.

Sketching out ideas for my next print. I liked working in the tiny 2.5 x 3.5 inch format so much that I decided to do another print this size – this time with color. I’ll be coloring outside of the lines, so to speak with this print and not fussing about registration. The lower left sketch is the one I am developing now.

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.

101 Little Tongues by Serendipity Artist
101 Little Tongues, a photo by Serendipity Artist on Flickr.

Hand painting 101 little tongues for the Baren Tiny Print exchange. Hopefully I will be wrapping things up and shipping them out this weekend.

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!

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