14 Days of Valentine’s Day Art

Last year I got into the spirit of Valentine’s Day and created art every day, for 14 days, within that theme. I posted my creations on Instagram. It was a great learning experience, as I learned to dig deeper into a theme – once the obvious ideas were out of the way. I really fellContinue reading “14 Days of Valentine’s Day Art”

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!”

2015 – off to a great start!

So far I’ve been working on several of my 2015 goals and it’s only the first week of January! Here’s what I’ve hit so far. Lettering and Doodling – Every couple of days I pull out my sketch book and doodle and practice my lettering. I’m finding that I can create more whimsical, simpler illustrationsContinue reading “2015 – off to a great start!”

10 things I want to try in 2015 and links to those who inspire me!

I can’t wait for 2015! (my creative resolution.2) There are so many things I am excited to try! The above image is the Christmas present I bought myself (see item #1). Things I want to try in 2015: Linocut. It seems like a lot of work but the results are awesome! I am inspired by Andrea Lauren who I followContinue reading “10 things I want to try in 2015 and links to those who inspire me!”