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Christmas Card 2018 – carving

you might remember last years Christmas card. it was of barnyard animals sitting under a bright, new star. see it here.

today I started my 2018 Christmas card. I wanted to stay with the new star theme… but with woodland animals!


The design is drawn on the woodblock and ready to carve


First, I carved the stars and doves


More carving to make the stars twinkle, and to bring out the shape of the tree


The bear has a face now!


The carving is done. Check back tomorrow evening. I’m going to print it tomorrow afternoon, and will share print pictures of the final woodcut.

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New woodcut and linocut notecards

One of my favorite things about printmaking is that it is art for everyone! Notecards are a great way to collect or share art while supporting my work.

I just uploaded 16 new notecards to my website’s printmaking gallery.
You can see them here:
https://www.kenswinson.com/site/product-category/printmaking/notecards/

here are some of the notecard designs you might not have seen before:

visit the gallery to see them all: click here

 

 

 

 

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2 color sheep woodcut – VIDEO

This video walks you through the process while I make a 2 color/2 plate woodcut from an existing 1 color woodcut design. The original layer is used as a key block, to guide the cutting of the gray, background layer. Instead of using a complex system to line up the 2 layers, I just eyeballed it and registered the plates by hand.

If interested, i’ll update this post with purchase information once the prints are dry (1,2,3 days from now)

UPDATE 1 : i don’t want to give you the wrong impression that my tests are always successful…i just don’t always include them in the videos. Here’s a look at the REAL first try through the press:

 

 

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Printing at the Log Cabin Print Shop – Over The Rhine woodcut

You might remember a blog post from a few months ago when I sketched the view from the Pendleton Art Center

I always thought this sketch wouldmake a great woodcut.

I have spent the last week carving the design, and it is FINALLY ready to print.

 

This was the first print using the Bob Foose press in it’s new home at the Log Cabin Print Shop. You can see it come to life in the video below:

 

This is a bigger sized woodcut: 9×24″ on a 13″x26″ paper

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Goings On At The Print Studio November 4

If you follow me on facebook, you may have noticed that I’m not sharing pictures and artwork as much as I used to. I’m trying to get into the habit of sharing my art, projects and photos on my website. Here is a little bit of what has been going on over the last couple of days.

I am working on an art project about US Route 62. On Tuesday, I visited the Josephine Sculpture Garden near Lawrenceburg (more about that in a future post) and Bardstown, KY.

 

Old Talbott Tavern 1777 – Right On US Route 62

I had never visited Bardstown before, it’s one of Kentucky’s oldest cities, and is also the inspiration for Stephen Foster’s “My Old Kentucky Home”. I think its really cool that Old Washington and Maysville share the same street as this “other” old Kentucky City.

I took one of my sketches from visiting My Old Kentucky Home, and have been trying to make a small, notecard sized woodcut from it.

Halfway through the carving, The wood had its own ideas, and the “o” in home splintered.


I carved the design a second time-starting with the words first, and the “o” in Old broke.

Test Proof – My Old Kentucky Home

I decided I was trying to cut too fine details for that particular size, and carved white letters into a black background.

 

To balance out the tension of carving something so small and delicate, I followed it with a fun little Monkey playing a drum.

 

This saturday (November 10, 2018), I am participating in a print sale with the Tiger Lily Press in Cincinnati. I’m carving like a madman, in hopes of carving and printing this large panoramic scene of Over The Rhine in time to have it at the show. Here’s a link to the show, if you want to come, support other printmakers, and see if I was able to make it in time: http://tigerlilypress.org/2018/10/tlp-annual-sale/

My final big accomplishment this week was moving my large press 3 blocks away from my house into it’s new home at the “Log Cabin Print Shop”, which is scheduled to open the first weekend of December as part of Frontier Christmas here in Old Washington. I only had one volunteer to help move the VERY HEAVY PRESS. It took a little bit of engineering to get it to work, but it’s ready to print. I still need to move my tools, drying racks, ink,etc, i hope to have some new prints to show tomorrow or tuesday.

These little snippets from my studio should pretty much have you up to date with my goings on. The biggest thing I miss from using my website instead of facebook is the feedback, so, if you feel like leaving a comment, I’d love to hear from you! Hope you all have a great week!