Experimenting with Watercolor Mandalas

Recently in my newsletter, I featured the work of block printer Marta Harvey. (My newsletter is a collection of all the things inspiring me – artists, mediums, places, and more. Sign up here.) As I sat looking at a blank page in my sketchbook I thought about Marta and how she creates a sliver ofContinue reading “Experimenting with Watercolor Mandalas”

Linocut – The Mirror Test

I made the critical error of not reversing the type on my last linocut. At the same time as I penciled “Love” incorrectly, I also penciled “I love you” on another block. As I sat down to correct this second block, I realized that holding the block up to a mirror would be a good way to check thatContinue reading “Linocut – The Mirror Test”

I don’t LOVE mistakes

Ironically the first thing I wrote in my last linocut post was “Mirror image. The design prints the reverse of what it is on the block. I keep forgetting this!” and I still forgot! And this time it was text – so you can’t ignore the mistake. Sometimes when I make a mistake this bad I learnContinue reading “I don’t LOVE mistakes”

Learning Lino – A Different Way of Thinking

As I worked on my second linocut, I realized that with block printing it’s a totally different way of thinking, than painting or drawing. It’s also exciting (and hard) that you don’t really know what you are going to get, until you do that first print. Here’s what I was thinking about as I carved my secondContinue reading “Learning Lino – A Different Way of Thinking”

My First Linocut!

Finally I sat down and carved my first linocut. It’s amazing – when you make a date with yourself and commit, you follow through. I had been putting it off, sketching ideas for the design, until I realized the design didn’t really matter – it was about trying out the tools and learning the process. Linocut Tools:Continue reading “My First Linocut!”