In My Printing Apron

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Time to Get Back to Work….

Well, it occurred to me that I have not blogged for a while so I came down here to the studio and thought I would see when the last time I posted something…. OCTOBER….. well.. HELLO… where have I been???  Well, not in my printing apron that is for sure. I feel like I have been lazy or uninspired. or off kilter….

In my defense, Ken and I did travel a bit in November….
2012-11-11 13.48.10 We went to New York City and bought and sold postcards at the Metro Postcard show….

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We stayed with our dear friend Susan Lane for several days and then stayed in Manhattan at the New Yorker Hotel where Tesla lived and died. This is the door to his room…. We  stayed on the same 33rd floor!!!!

2012-11-12 16.11.03 We explored the City and took a walk on the High Line… it was extraordinary…

2012-11-12 14.59.37 We saw the Statue of Liberty from the ferry (that’s our friend Charlie who spent the day with us)… We couldn’t dock on the island and look around because Hurricane Sandy took out the dock.

2012-11-13 15.24.13 We went up to Rochester, New York to visit with relatives and on our way there we went through Seneca Falls, the birthplace of the Suffrage Movement and saw the Wesleyan Methodist Chapel where in 1848, Elizabeth Cady Stanton first spoke at the Women’s Right Convention calling for all women to take responsibility of the cause and read the Declaration of Sentiments. And we toured the Women’s Museum there. It was my first pass through that place and I have to go back….

2012-11-14 19.12.20In Rochester, Ken and I  visited my cousins.2012-11-15 07.13.54and stayed with my Aunt Judie and Uncle Jay….

2012-11-16 09.10.07 From there we went on to York, Pennsylvania to another postcard show…. We bought and sold more postcards and ate a lot of good food.

2012-11-19 16.34.55Then on to State College, PA, where we visited with Ken’s sister, Joanne, her husband, Paul and our two cutie nephews, Matt and Jon.
2012-11-23 07.49.49 On our way home we spent Thanksgiving with our hilarious friend Brian in Branson, Missouri…2012-11-23 09.03.03

And in Arkansas, we got into the  Christmas spirit by feasting our eyes on these feathered Christmas trees…

and of course, in December, there was Christmas….

okay, Christmas wasn’t all month but for some reason, my brain shut down like it was on a month long holiday… Most of my artist friends were doing loads of art shows, trying to sell what they could to the last minute Christmas buyers.

What did I do? I sat at home, reading their frenzied Facebook entries and pondering the lint in my navel. Well, that is not entirely true either… I can hardly see my navel, which caused me to join the Y and start working out at their gym. You can look at me and know that I am not the athletic type but I am giving it a go. I would like to live longer and be able to do more physical things with my family, like going on a kayaking trip with our grandsons… So I am doing cardio and weight resistance training…

But about my WORK..

My brain has collected images, as well as I collected some great images on postcards at those two shows. So my plan today is to get back to work and burn a couple of  solar etching plates for an idea I have about a series on America the Beautiful …

more on that, if it works out.

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Before Woodstock…. and Before Cherry Creek Arts Festival……

Well, it was brought to my attention how neglectful I have been of my blog… so this is for you, Earnie….

I thought I would post some photos of what has kept me so busy…

I did some drawings and then transferred them to a sheet of plexiglas.. With a dremel tool, I etched the drawing onto the plexiglas…

After I inked and wiped my plate.. this is what it looked like….

inked and wiped

detail of wiped plate

Next I painted the background with printers ink and scratched around on it and spattered … Then I laid it on my printing press bed….

on the press bed

Then I  put glue on the back of the pieces of handmade papers that I had cut out to fit onto the plate…..

the chine colle process of gluing down handmade papers

Then I placed the pieces of paper onto the plate with the glue side up…. This is a booger to do because you want the papers placed just right..

notice the fork that I use to delicately nudge a piece of paper into it’s correct spot…

Then I place a dampened piece of printing paper over the whole thing…. lay the blankets on top of it all and run it through the press. The pressure of the rollers will transfer what is on the plate onto the paper….

the paper is on…

After I pull the paper off of the plate, I let it dry under blotters.. Once it is completely dry, I hand color it to finish it off…

and this one ended up looking like this…..

finished etching with monoprint background and handmade papers.

I titled this piece Before Woodstock.… mainly because the logo from Woodstock had a bird on the tip of a guitar… Oh, the paper on the banjo is from a vintage sheet of music… The total size of the image is 18 inches by 18 inches…

After I get back from doing the Cherry Creek Arts Festival in Denver, Colorado…..It is my plan to work even BIGGER

that is it for now….

On to the Next Project

I make my living by selling at large art shows and a few galleries… So, now I have to switch gears and start producing work for my upcoming shows.. I am getting ready for two events actually…. A Gallery show in Round Top Texas at the end of March and my first art show  Main Street Art Festival in Fort Worth, Texas  in April …

For Fort Worth, I always start by “Cowgirling Up”…

Since I have been working small, I want to stretch out and work a little bigger  for awhile …. I am going to make some monoprint collages that will be 17 x 17 . For these I have some old Ranch Romance magazines with wonderful graphics on the front.  I tore off the covers and will collage them into my monoprints along with bits of etchings floating around..

When I start, I lay them out and make my decisions about what will go into the monoprint…  Remembering  that I need a good strong composition to hold it all together,  I need to know where the pieces will be on the plate so that I will know where to paint the printer’s ink to make it all work….

Here are a few of the “starts” that I am working on today….

Ranch Romance Monoprint "Start"

These are waiting in the wings to be dealt with…. Instead of  just putting them in a stack, I spread them out so that I can keep glancing at them as I am walking by, in case an idea “spurs” me on (so to speak)… Right now I am in cowgirl mode but I have a few ideas for other subjects for these large monoprints so I am excited to jump right in on these and giddy up and go (oh, dear….sorry)…. 

waiting in the wings

 Off to Work… my Apron is on and I am about to put in the ear buds of my iPod…I think I will listen to Pink  today for these..

Yee Ha……

Getting down to Business

To me, putting on my apron means getting down to business….

It means, “prepare yourself”  for getting messy… well, I am pretty messy most of the time but in an apron, I can get dangerously messy….

I have plans on making 2012 a busy and messy year so I will be in my apron quite a lot.

I am a Printmaker…..

Mainly, I work with Solar Plate etchings and Monotypes. I make my own etching plates and print them either by themselves or in combination with monoprints or monotypes.

The Mice Will Play

I  also collect vintage papers, photographs and ephemera (old valentines, trade cards, postcards, game cards, sheet music, books and etc.).

Today, I have been composing some of my monoprint collages. They are going to be 8 x 8 inches.

I choose a pile  of the ephemera that I want to use and combine them with my Solar Plates  to prepare for printing….. They become what I call my “Set Ups” or “Starts”…

Here are some photos of my stuff and how I begin my process…

file box of small collage bits

solar plates

putting some things together

Once I have a good stack of these “Starts”, I will begin to print…. But that won’t happen for a few more days…… Gotta get back to work…