Thursday, September 29, 2011

A look at my set up

So here is a couple of pictures (again, sorry for the crummy phone pics) of my work area.

The homemade registration board:

Constructed of 1/4" plywood, 1/4" square dowel and some 1x2" pine! I also use 1/2" square dowel if i need a wider border.

The press and work area (currently with the bottle cap project back on deck!):

Merry Christmas in September...continued

So I finally had a chance to finish printing this year's Christmas cards (the green as I mentioned previously). All went well despite having made some changes to my press.

Sorry for the cruddy phone picture but you get the idea...right?

Some were printed on other left over paper I had waiting for a random project but most were printed on 80# Neenah Woodstock Smooth. Three colors: light blue, red, green. The typeface is Zigarre Script from Rimmer Type Foundry.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Merry Christmas in September

I've started working on some Christmas cards. I know if I don't start now, they wouldn't be finished in time or they wouldn't get started at all (currently putting the bottle cap project on hold).

Printing two colors as the same time is a first for me and an interesting (yet successful) challenge. I had to used the spoon/barron method due to the lack of a large printed area.

The third, and final, color will probably be a dark green. Hopefully printed soon...stay tuned.

Friday, September 2, 2011

The Next Project

I've been collecting beer bottle caps for some time and have been trying to think of different projects I could do with them. Some got turned into refrigerator magnets, others (most) are awaiting their demise.

I have quite a few collected and quite a few given to me by friends (thanks for the inspiration, guys!) over the years. Some I haven't even seen yet.

So, what to do with them? Try some linocuts!

Here's the first one I'm attempting:

At this point, I'm thinking a two color reduction, 12.5" x 12.5". The first color is down and drying. The second color will be a silver of some sort.

So far, I have a line up of caps that I'm considering for this project. Perhaps a series, if you will . . . we'll see.

P.S. These are printed on a Neenah Paper Environment 80# Woodstock Smooth.