Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Moon and Sea III

I wanted to do a white line version of this motif. in this version i focused on geometry. i used the golden mean for the overall dimensions and in the placement of the moon. i also made a vesica pisces and used that to construct a template for the waves. there is more but it is probably boring so i will leave it at that. water based media makes me crazy! the things i love about it are totally unique to it and the things i hate about it are as well. i had some stretch and registration issues as usual but the overall look of the print is pleasing to me after my initial horror wore off but i will probably try it in oil based inks as well.

Artist: Viza Arlington
Title: Moon and Sea III
white line woodcut print on Rives BFK
image size: 18X30 inches
paper size 18X30 inches

Friday, February 11, 2011

Bamboo Forest

this photo looks a bit fish eyed to me

Artist: Viza Arlington
Title: Bamboo Forest
paper size: 37X61 inches
image size: 36X60 inches (3'X5')
edition: Monoprint each print is unique
wood used: cherry plywood one block
paper: Mulberry
oil based printing ink
this was printed by me by hand

Sunday, February 06, 2011

Exchange 47 moku hanga woodcut

I decided to abandon my original design and went with this peaceful easy one because i didn't want to stress out like i usually do when i print moku hanga. I loosely copied my image (the outline of the image area a circle and a line at the top of the wave area) onto all five blocks. i carved wavy shapes and hoped they would overlap in an interesting way and did the same with the moon. The lauan is a pain to carve but this design is pretty forgiving and the texture of the lauan hides many flaws in printing.
Artist: Viza Arlington
Title: Moon and Sea
paper size: 6X13 inches
image size: 5X12 inches
edition: 100 VE
wood used: Lauan
Five blocks seven or eight passes

Thursday, February 03, 2011

Bamboo Forest Finished

I am done! tomorrow i will hang it up and take some proper photos, clean up and put my dinning room back together. i already don't hate it. i did a little work Monday then didn't do anymore until today. the time away was good i used stencils and a roller and things went much faster. i was really locked into the white line painting frame of mind but the image really lends its self to rolling the ink and with a little stenciling things went much faster. when i do this one again i could probably get it done in at least half and maybe even a third of the time. i will print one in black before i put up the block and i will use the black print in the same way that i did the gold and silver falls but i might add some copper leaf as well.