slightly wonky


Just blah
April 15, 2011, 1:49 pm
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This has been a blah week, work-wise.  Most of what I’ve done, I’m not thrilled with.  Last night, I had my carborundum collagraph class.  I was NOT pleased with how things were turning out.  Here is the result:

*insert big sigh here*

I’m NOT happy with that at all.  It’s just a mess.

I made another tiny plate.  I kind of like these tiny plates.  This one is just 2″x3″.  That’s a bit bigger than my other tiny plates, but still small.  My first printing was over wiped:

So, I left more ink on it this time, and it was much better:

In general, I like these kind of plates, because I can work on them at home.  I’m not very good at working in a busy studio.  I know how ridiculous that sounds, but if I have to try to concentrate and think…then I need to be alone with time and space.  So, if I prepare a decent looking plate in peace and quiet, I can be productive in the studio with printing.  But if I don’t prepare, and try to work in the studio…I can’t do it well.  I know that I have to work on this a bit, but it does made me feel pretty deflated at times.  Like, right now.

I’m also working on a lino print.  Here’s a little preview picture:

I’m happier with these, as they are very “graphic” and “punchy”.

I know…why so blue?  Well, I wasn’t thrilled with this week’s output.  At least there was some experimentation, with the woodblocks and trace monotypes. 

So, back to the drawing board…*SIGH*

[UPDATE: I’ve decided to throw in a trace monotype at the last minute…here it is below…definitely a work in progress…]

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I think it’s so interesting that you really enjoy working on small scale, like the little books and the tiny prints. Also, that your subject matter for the tiny prints is always living. Hmmm, perhaps you wish you could shrink down, be more lilliputian yourself? Even though you’ve well described all of the different styles of printmaking. I’m still so get confused when you refer to a lino vs a carbonundrum etc. Oh well. Keep your chin up, you’re really starting to find your niche I think

Comment by growingmuses

Thanks for the feedback! Yes, I don’t know why I’ve always liked TINY. I swear, it’s because I’ve been horribly nearsighted. I like creating these small “worlds”.

I’ll have to think about how to be clearer in explaining how the prints are made. I was worried that explaining the process on each post could be tedious…but maybe not!

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