Thursday, October 19, 2017

Printing your own holiday cards with linoleum prints

I thought I'd set up a How To Guide on how to carve you're own linoleum blocks
for the coming Holiday Season. Let's get Inky!

supplies you'll need:

Linoleum Block[s]
Carving tool
paper [test paper too]
image of your liking

Dick Blick also has a great starter set 

[remember that if you're opting to do words or an image that has a direction you'll need to reverse it prior to tracing it onto your block]. If you're just starting out, bold and graphic images will be the easiest to carve. Images with a great deal of pattern work best on harder blocks [not the soft carve pictured above] and requires time and patience to get the detail you'll want. Start slow and get your bearing before branching out.

Create tracing paper by using a normal pencil and rubbing the back side of your image completely covering the area that you'll be tracing [the pencil will act as a carbon copy] carbon paper can be purchased as well at art supply stores if you want to skip this step.

Tape or hold image to block and trace your pattern onto block.
[after removing, I sometimes go back over with pencil directly onto block to clarify areas that didn't come out clear]

Decide which areas will have ink/color and which areas will be carved away. Remember anything that you carve away will remain the color of your paper.

Carve your block! keep blade away from fingers, carve away from your body and remember safety. The blades are sharp and will cut you. With kids younger than 13 you'll need to sit with them and help each stroke. 

Dust off all of the little crumbs. Rinse quickly under water if needed but dry well before applying ink. Roll your ink out thinly with your brayer and apply to your block. With a few tests you'll decide how heavy your ink coverage will be.

Use the back of a wooden spoon to apply pressure to the paper and engage the ink. Again, with a few tests of ink coverage and pressure you'll discover the correct ratio to get your desired look.

Gently peel your paper off your block and let dry!

Way To Go! You're a printmaker now!!

with kids under the age of 8 you might carve the blocks for them and turn them loose with the ink portion. They're more interested in the ink portion and you'll save a few tears from cut fingers.

If you want a really clean, with no "noise" or tiny lines, go back through and carve out the desired areas. I think a little noise looks quite nice though and adds some texture.

Thursday, October 05, 2017

Life is Art

yes. to all of this

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Post-Punk & Post Rock Albums redone as postage stamps on Swiss modernist design principles.

Swiss modernism and post-punk/post-rock are natural partners. Not long ago the good people of unveiled two breathtaking posters celebrating the landmarks of post-punk and post-rock. For each genre “Dorothy” generated an incredible poster of 42 postage stamps, each celebrating a different album. Both posters are 4 colour print with silver foil and measure 80x60 centimeters. The post-punk poster features seminal albums such as Throbbing Gristle’s 20 Jazz Funk Greats, The Teardrop Explodes’ Kilimanjaro, The Cure’s Pornography, and The Jesus and Mary Chain’s Psychocandy. Meanwhile, the post-rock album celebrates Slint’s Spiderland, Stereolab’s Dots and Loops, Mogwai’s Young Team, Radiohead’s Kid A, and Tortoise’s Millions Now Living Will Never Die. In every case the album is represented by a spare, “Swiss”-inspired visual motif and lists the name of the artist, the album title, the running time, the label, and the release date—thus proving that the International Typographic Style is an efficient method of transmitting information.


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Pressing On

This Friday July 21, 2017 the Los Angeles debut of Pressing On will be held at the International Printing Museum, Carson. Events begin at 5pm but movie starts at 8:30pm

Bon Jour

Bon Jour my little pups! Tuesday is a great day to show you the second new collection debuting at Las Vegas Market this weekend! The Bubble collection is fun, colorful type, hand drawn by moi.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Beep Beep

new in the shop. what could be cuter than a Fiat 500 and a giant champagne bottle?

Behind The Scenes

How do you start to design? I'm often asked. It varies from project to project but often it starts with the saying, joke or word. What do I want the word to feel like? What shapes would represent that? What color(s)? From there I begin to doodle... sometimes I tape it to the wall and look at it for weeks, sometimes it comes out in a quick and easy idea (I love those). Creativity is a muscle you have to workout daily. The more you use it, the more that springs forward. I want to tell you more about this process this summer, a peek behind the curtain... This is the type I developed for the upcoming new Bubble Collection release we're debuting at the Las Vegas Market at the end of this month. I can't wait to show it all to you.