Wednesday, March 31, 2010

oil based raven woodblock

I have decided to take a break from moku-hanga printing for awhile because it frustrates me so much. I wanted to print out the rest of my raven block using oil based ink. I mixed the blue PearlEx powder in with my black oil based ink and printed the block as usual. I was disappointed because it just looked black with a very faint shimmer but no blue at all. I figured i would have to print it again with the PearlEx mixed with transparent base which is fine but i tend to be lazy so it would have been better to get it done in one printing. So anyway this morning being the impatient person i am i decided to check the prints for dryness even though i know there is no way the ink could have possibly dried over night so i rubbed it with my finger and there it was the blue shimmer i was looking for after the print dried a little more i burnished the whole image and the blue came up over the whole print. I thought this might also be used along with an oil based Shiomen-zuri (Hiding Technique). Its not the easiest thing to photograph this photo was the best i could come up with.

cat block

here is a pic of my block.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Cat 11X15 Woodblock print

Cat that i am working on. I hope to have some color prints tomorrow. I used my 1.5 mm u-gouge almost exclusively for this block. i did use my knife on some of the lines in the face and a v-gouge here and there and a 3.0 mm u-gouge for the tummy fur. shina plywood.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Plumeria 18x24 (original woodblock print)

Artist: Viza Arlington
Title: plumeria
paper size: 18X24
image size: 18X24 inches bleed print (to the edge of paper
Woodcut and pastels and or acrylic paint
I have not decided on the final edition colors yet

I always like the black and white prints best but that was not my original idea so.....
i will do a few more proofs i plan on carving a backround block but i like working with the pastels.
I don't know
I always get wishy washy at this point it always takes me forever to decide on colors
feedback is always welcome i love to take votes (with a veto option:)