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Log cabin print shop 2-22-2020 pig on bicycle

Its printmaking day at the log cabin print shop. Im ready to start a new 16×20 woodcut. Heres my sketch (only about 3 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches in size) ive transferred the sketch to tracing paper and drew a rough grid so i can flip the image and transfer to the wood block. No photos or computers…all analog. Stay tuned for progress reports

transferred the drawing onto the wood block. Time to start carving!
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Log Cabin Print Shop 2-15-2020 – goats woodcut

This is a big (for me) woodcut 16×20″. My goal today is to finish carving it while i’m working at the Log Cabin Print Shop from noon-5pm.

You are welcome to stop by: to see how the woodcut is going -or- to make your own!

UPDATE: im finished carving. This little goat at the top is my happiness! Time to ink and test proof

The test proof. I am happy!

The Finished Woodcut! 3 Goats!

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Harriett Beecher Stowe – American Hero

A long time ago, a teacher named Harriett Beecher came to Old Washington to visit. She later became famous for her book, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, which depicted the cuelty of slavery. Her book was a big influence in the USA’s shift in attitude away from slavery. Part of the inspiration for ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin’ came from her experiences here in Kentucky, and across the river in Ripley, Ohio.

my sketch for the linocut – Harriett Beecher Stowe

It’s inspiring how Harriett used her talent to help social progress in the USA. I wanted to honor her with a linocut.

Harriett Beecher Stowe Linocut

I wanted to portray her with a halo, a quill in hand, her book in the other

notecards

I thought they’d make good notecards. They are a fun way to share art with your friends, and Harriett would probably appreciate seeing us write letters using ink and paper

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printing and handbuilding in the clay studio: 11 August 2019

I’ve been busy in the clay studio. It’s been a learning curve, but I have figured out the technique to transfer designs onto pots.

bees and flower design
shelf with bird and bee designs-ready for the kiln

Now that I know what I’m doing I started a new design for rice paper transfers. The theme is Trees and houses.

positive of the design

Today’s burn didn’t work out like I had hoped, but I have another screen ready, and will try again tomorrow

Using solar power to expose the design onto the screen

now it’s time for a new color: Electric Blue!!

Electric Blue Underglaze…drying to screen print consistency

I love surface decoration. One of my favorite forms is the rectangle or oval. It’s almost like a canvas for a traditional painting. Today I handbuilt a small oval plate.

painting white slip on an oval plate

And I love my critters! Spent some time working on new ones:

clay cat
clay cow
clay dog
another clay dog!

Stay tuned to see the progress!

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Printmaking at the Log Cabin Print shop 10 August 2019

I surprise myself all the time. I never thought I’d ever make functional pottery again, but I think it’s safe to say I’m obsessed! For the last couple of weeks, it’s all I’ve been thinking about.

Today is printmaking day at the Log Cabin Print Shop. I have my design more or less carved and ready to print. What do you think?

Ready to print!
The first proof
The finished linocut
Today’s printing session

We didn’t print as much as some saturdays, but we had wonderful company, and a chance to introduce two really good friends to each other. And of course, when I’m having fun, I didn’t get a chance to take a picture of us all having fun! See you all next Saturday!

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Printmaking At The Log Cabin Print Shop 5-27-19

Arnold Pennington

Today at the print shop we had a surprise visit from, Hillsboro, Ohio printmaker, Arnold Pennington! We enjoyed looking through his portfolio, and showing him the studio. He’s busy without a lot of free time, but hopefully will be able to come back and print soon!

Today, we printed this linocut notecard of tomatoes in a mason jar

it was inspired by last week’s linocut: Yes We Can

Thanks everyone for coming to print and watch…See you next Saturday!