100 Printmaking Tools Update 2018

100 Printmaking Tools Update 2018

2018 is less than 24 hours from being over and I managed to make a few more printmaking tools, this time thermofax screens of two of my favorite subjects–leaves and backgrounds.

Leaves

Leaves are probably my favorite designs, and was actually one of my first original designs.  For these leves I gather fresh leaves where ever I go and then print them by inking the back side and printing on plain white paper.  this creates a wonderful print with lots of fine detail.

Just as before I printed these on both paper and mylar.  This collection of screens brings me up to 40. Still a ways to go before reaching 100, but slow and steady wins the race.

But since I like a more graphic look I go back and enhance the markings to get the look I want.  These are a Maple leaf and what I believe is a Yellow Elder.  The Maple leaf I tried something different, and did a stipple look.  The Yellow Elder leaf I did more of a block look.  Not sure how I feel about the stippling.

Background Texture

Next I created some background textures. In my opinion you can never have too many background screens.  I love textures, but have a hard time coming up with some that I like.  For these I used some white on white textured wallpaper like this one.

Using a hard brayer, a rolled on black paint, which colored the raised areas without sinking down into the recesses to much.  Turned out to be a great way to highlight the textures.  I then photocopied them and made thermofaxes.

So two of my favorite design elements, leaves and backgrounds.  What are your favorite design elements?  Let me know if the comments below.

100 Day Project Update #1

I’ve been putting in a little time each day on my 100 day project, creating my mark making tools.  So far I’ve completed 3 stamps.  They are all backed with a transparent backing and the excess cut away.

For the backing I like to use these flexible cutting mats from the Dollar Tree.  They are transparent, so I can see where I am placing the stamp.  They are also strong but flexible at the same time and easy to cut with scissors.

And at two in a pack for $1 you can’t beat the price.

100 Day Project

One More Try

I’m sure you have heard of the 100 day project.  It a plan/challenge you make with yourself to create an art project every day for the 100 days.  I’ve tried this before, but never made it past one or two weeks.  I’m sure I had good reasons at the time, but hopefully this time it will be different.

I’ve been thinking about trying it again, but was having difficulty coming up with something I wanted to do everyday for 100 days.  Or even something I wasn’t already doing.  I really didn’t want to create an art project just for the sake of creating which would only add to my stash of stuff.  Especially since I just did a big studio de-stash.  For me it needed to be something I knew I would use in my artwork in some manner.

Well, I finally came up with something that I could do for my own 100 day project.

100 Days of Mark Making

For the next 100 days I will work on mark making.  Creating marks and personal imagery I can use in my fiber art.  I am taking a wide stance on what this is.  Could be stencils, stamps, screens or anything that I can apply to my art cloth/art quilts.  This will help me build up my library of personal imagery which is something I really need to do.  I don’t anticipate completing something every day; most likely I will start several items on one day, and then spend the next few days completing them.  That way I can say cut several stamps at once and then mount them over several days.

Week 1

Today I spent about 30-40 minutes cutting stamps from craft foam.  I found some quick sketches of organic shapes I’d made a while back and decided to do them.  Most of my work is very linear, so some organic shapes will be a good contrast to that.

During the week I will mount them then test print on fabric and paper.

Hopefully Ii will not lose interest or give up this time.