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Printing With Friends at the Log Cabin Print Shop

I dont have a plan for a particular print, but the studio is open to the public, you are welcome to stop by and see what i end up making…or come to make something yourself. Ill be here until at least 5pm.

still life photo of printmaking materials at the log cabin print shop in Old washington kentucky
photo of a wood model paddleboat
ive decided what to do. I usually dont work from photos, but–at the airport, they have a display of wood models of different riverboats that were used on the Ohio river. I took this photo to use as reference. Im going to start some sketches…it would be a good subject for a woodcut or linocut!
sketch of paddle boat by kentucky artist ken swinson
heres my thumbnail sketch. I shortened the boats length, which is probably a big insult to anyone who really knows these boats, but i want it to fill the space without cutting a custom size block.
painting acrylic paint over linoleum for printmaking
i stained my linoleum with a light coat of acrylic paint. It helps me see the design better while i carve.
2 sketches of a paddleboat by ken swinson
to scale drawing of the boat. Ill trace this onto tracing paper, then (once the acrylic paint is dry) transfer the design onto my block
tracing designs of paddleboat sketches
i have traced the design, and im ready to transfer…but im still waiting for the acrylic to dry. I forgot to eat this morning, so im going to run home and eat while the paint dries (theres nothing sadder than a starving artist, lol!)
photo of printmaking equipment and tacos
back at the studio. Im trying to eat healthy, so i made spinach avocado egg and rice tacos. Hoping the paint will be dry by the time i finish lunch
artist ken swinson printmaking at the log cabin print shop with nick denham and betsy adams
artist friends Betsy Adams and Nicholas Denham stopped by; print party!!!
paddleboat design on linecut...ready to carve
transferred and ready to cut
carved linoleum blocks ready to be inked
our blocks are carved and ready to go through the press
test proof of a linocut portrait of a girl with hat by artist betsy adams
test proof of a linocut of lady playing violin by nick denham
test proof of a paddleboat by artist, ken swinson

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