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A New Star – Christmas Card designs 2018

Now that Thanksgiving is over, I can share my latest designs for this year’s Christmas Cards!!! They are still wet, and drying, but I will have them available on my website early next week.

FUN FACT: this video was made entirely with my phone and tablet. I’m getting ready to take a trip, where I won’t have access to a computer and I wanted to see how much editing I can do using only mobile devices

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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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Artwork featured in Energy Insurance Agency’s new Cincinnati East office

Energy Insurance Agency, just opened a new office in Cinncinnati East, and used my artwork for the reception area.

I see my artwork in a studio setting all the time, but its a special treat to be able to see my artwork in it’s forever home.

 

Here are some photos from their grand opening.

Thank you Energy Insurance Agency for supporting local art in your new office!

If you are in the Cincinnati East area, give their office a visit, to see the art and office in person. They are happy to help any size business, small or very large, with coverage options including business insurance, employee benefits and bonds.

they serve customers all across the country, so even if the office isn’t close, you can visit their website: www.energyinsagency.com for more information.

thanks again Energy Insurance Agency for supporting my work.

photos courtesy of Carrie Glover