Month: March 2016

Off To A Conference

[Trillium blooming next to my favorite drinking spring] I have a new habit that I’d kind of like to cultivate, telling y’all when I’m going to take a break from blogging. This isn’t going to be a big pause, but I am traveling to the SGCI conference in Portland until […]

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Soapstone Green

On my first day back from the coast, I just had to try one of the new pigments. I chose the most unusual and unpredictable first, soapstone. It is already partially ground up so I think I’ll be able to just water sort some light particles from the mass without […]

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Pigment Trip

This weekend I travelled to the Oregon coast, near Brookings. The sights are spectacular, and so are the mineral deposits! [Looking north from Cape Sebastian] [Cape Sebastian] As I explored the beaches and hiking trails, I almost immediately found what I was looking for – stones that can be ground […]

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Lunar Calendar Printing

Just like I expected, last night didn’t include much sleep. I woke up early, excited to tackle the huge batch of printing today. Before I could do anything, though, I had to take time to carefully tear the large sheets of paper down to size. Contrary to standard practice, I […]

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Lunar Calendar Setup

Having never done a big print run, I really thought I’d get it all done in one day. Ha! Here’s how far I got on the first day… Before I could print I needed to make a jig to register my block in the center of each sheet of paper. […]

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Drying Rack

I love it when a plan comes together! A while back I ordered this print drying rack. It was quite affordable, but required me to wait a while for delivery and spend a few hours assembling it. [Print rack during assembly] It could not have arrived at a better time. […]

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Private Printmaking Lesson

This last weekend I took an intaglio class at the Whiteaker Printmaker’s Studio. I sort of knew that intaglio was not for me even before I learned it, but you’ve gotta try it to know, right? As long as I was paying for a trip to Eugene, I decided to […]

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Weekend Etching Class

I’m a little behind on blog posting because I’m too busy actually doing stuff. C’est la vie! This last weekend I took another awesome class at the Whiteaker Printmaker’s Studio in Eugene. It was taught by Bryan Putnam, an amazing printmaker who uses a variety of advanced techniques in his […]

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Lunar Calendar, Take 2

In yesterday’s version of the calendar I had one big problem, it was off-level. The top edge was thicker than the bottom. Today I tried a few things to fix it. First, I started sanding with 220 grit paper glued down to a flat board. I move the plate instead […]

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Lunar Calendar, Take 1

Yesterday I received confirmation that Heather, one of the owners of the Whiteaker Printmakers studio, will be available to help me print the edition of lunar calendars on Monday after the intaglio class. This is great news, and really lights a fire under me to nail the carving of this […]

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