A new print from a collection of screen prints inspired by insects and seasons.
I really enjoyed designing this image, particularly researching and sketching the many patterns and geometry of grasshoppers.
The final is a 27″ x 21″ three-color screen print on Stonehenge paper. It was initially hand drawn in pen and ink, then screen printed in a limited edition of 20. Close-ups and initial process roughs are below.
It is now available in my etsy shop :)
I teach a Print Basics class at Chicago Printmakers Collaborative on Tuesday nights. It is a very full class but somehow everyone manages to make it despite the snow and subzero temps… we have a lot of fun! and snacks! :D
Anyway, this week everyone rocked it! I have to post about it. Here is a photo and video of Casey Engel, my badass TA, showing off some of her relief prints and blocks. Afterwards we got the carving and printing demos… I will be posting some of the prints next week.
I’ve been busy in the studio, finishing up a new collection of screen prints.
These four new prints are based on E.T.A Hoffmann’s “The Nutcracker and The Mouse King”. The illustrations were completed for a graphic anthology of classic children’s stories, coming out in Spring 2015 from Seven Stories Press, New York.
I chose The Nutcracker, because the original story by Hoffmann is actually much darker and weirder than the later, more well-known version by Dumas.
Below is a peek at some of the process. The images are originally drawn in brush & india ink, then screen printed by hand in four ink colors in limited editions.
These are now available for purchase in my etsy shop ~ and make great handmade, holiday gifts too! :)
Beginning next month, Duffy O’Connor and I will be co-teaching the relief printmaking class at Chicago Printmakers Collaborative. Duffy is full-time faculty at Harrington College of Design, where he teaches drawing, design fundamentals, and relief printmaking.
For this class, we will be covering everything from single to multi-color relief prints on wood and linoleum, printing by both hand and press, transferring images, and much more. Here are the details:
Fundamentals of Relief Printmaking
Mondays, June 3 – July 22, 2013
8 weeks, 6 – 9pm For more info, sign up/share, visit: CPC Class Schedule
Here we are working on a woodcut for the poster, which we designed and carved ourselves. We even printed some of the posters using handmade ink!
Final woodcut poster, 11″ x 17″ (click for larger):
Pigment is thoroughly mixed with Burnt Plate Oil No. 3 to create rich and smooth printing ink.
This is a goofy demo for my screen printing class. I wanted to show the students how to separate colors by hand, without any use of a computer. I made a drawing of the snake in pencil, then traced out the color separations using Dur-a-lar film and opaque black markers. These were exposed onto screens and printed in yellow and blue transparent inks. The green is created wherever the two inks overlap.
A small print of a tiger-like creature in the woods.