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

Softly Dreaming by Serendipity Artist
Softly Dreaming, a photo by Serendipity Artist on Flickr.

I have recently started a sketchbook to help me play with some imagery using collage and watercolor. Keeping a sketchbook gives me the freedom to explore simple ideas without having to worry about creating a finished work of art. I am hoping to also incorporate some printing into these sketches.


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.

rose sketch

Originally uploaded by Serendipity Artist

A watercolor sketch of roses from my garden.

Lake Michigan Sky

Originally uploaded by Serendipity Artist

I am currently being represented by the Red Twig Gallery in Old Village in Plymouth, Michigan (see http://www.theredtwig.com/) – an up-and-coming gallery featuring local artists. I included few watercolor sketches like the one posted here (click to link to more on Flickr.com), some larger paintings and a few prints. I’m very excited to be a part of this new gallery. They are offering something that Plymouth has needed for a long time.

Now back to work on the Poppies Triptych. All of the blocks are carved. I’m hoping to at least show some good preliminary prints soon.

I spent last week sketching from Virtual Pose. I kept getting hints from the universe that I should loosen up and draw – a long discussion on Baren forum, seeing some awesome Eric Fischl watercolors in the book Ten Breaths and on Fischl’s website, and having a nice discussion with a former A&D professor. So I took the hint and I had such fun!
Watercolor sketches

Still working on the boat print (although I haven’t been working on it all this time – somewhere during now and my last blog post I took a much needed week-long vacation to visit my folks in Florida).

I became very frustrated with trying to get all of the layers to align properly in this moku hanga print. Here is one of my many attempts. You can see the boat, the most critical part of the print, is askew. I threw up my hands – thew in the towel.

Boat - Moku Hanga (test print)

Around Valentine’s day I was thinking about and studying white line prints. I decided to make a quick little valentine for my family. Nothing like an easy project to get you feeling happy about art again.

Heart - White Line Print

I thought about doing another white line print since this one was so fun. I played with some ideas, but during yoga class one evening it dawned on me that I could try the boat print in white line. I struggled a little bit with it, but here is my last test print (it was too big to scan on my little scanner, so there may be some distortion in color and size).

There are a few issues with bleeding color, but overall I’m kind of excited about it. I absolutely love that I don’t have to worry about alignment one tiny bit. Taking that major frustration out of the equation allowed me to experiment with color. I used Winsor Newton watercolors to make this print. The colors in the sky (cobalt blue, Winsor red, and Winsor Yellow separtated out on the paper after I had printed it creating that unusual pattern. I used damp Echizen Kozo paper. I had to dig around for white line printing instructions and I’m not completely confident that I’m doing it correctly or in the most efficient manner.

Boat - White Line (test print)

Here are some white line printing resources that I used:





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