Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Main Street, Seal Beach

It took us a little while to settle because there seemed to be cars in the view from every bench. Then we realized we were just looking the wrong direction.
Here are some close-ups.

And, here's a piece of my warm-up sketch.
Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Seal Beach Peer

My kids didn't have sweatshirts, so this trip was shorter than planned.  This drawing is from the Seal Beach peer. There were lots of nice shops on Main Street that I would like to draw someday. Want to come with me?

Here's my warm-up sketch.
Thanks for looking.

Monday, March 28, 2016

The view from another Starbucks

Sometimes it looks like there's nothing of interest to draw, but actually there is.

Thanks for looking.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

The view from Starbucks

I started a Craftsy class with Marc Taro Holms, author of the Urban Sketcher book. I watched the first lesson in Starbucks near my kids' school. The assignment was to do one-line drawings of scenery, with the intent of documenting one's travels. I was not traveling. I was sitting in Starbucks. So I drew what I could see.
I forgot a few times that I was just doing a one-line drawing, not a blind contour, so the cars are looser than they would have been, but there it is. I'm hoping to get out into the world a bit tomorrow morning, and try again.
Thanks for looking.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Keeping cards clean while Gelli printing

I printed on my Gelli Plate some greeting cards the other day, and it took me quite a few tries to figure out how to get coverage all the way to the edge without getting the back and inside of the card dirty. Here's how I did it.

Step 1. Ink the plate. In this picture, I only inked about three quarters of the 8"x10" plate because I was making 5"x7" cards. I placed a stencil (black) onto the paint (pink).
Step 2.  Cover the part of the plate that you don't want to print. For me this included the part without paint on it. I used a sheet of deli paper.
Step 3.  Fold the card, and place the card on the deli paper, back side down, so only a small part of the back of the card sticks over onto the paint. This will allow the print to wrap around to the back of the card slightly.  In the picture, I zoomed in on the top corner of the card, so you can see the slight overlap onto the paint. The front of the card is face up in the photo.
Step 4.  Unfold the card, so the front of the card goes on the paint.  It will stick there, so you can let go for a moment.
Step 5. To keep from getting that paint that shows around the edge all over the place, put another piece of paper over the whole thing. Apply pressure to make the print.  I used deli paper for this too.
Step 6. Remove the deli paper and pull up the card. Ta da! It's done.

Two more comments:

  • My ghost prints didn't come out that great, and I stopped pulling them on greeting cards after a while. I think it was because I was moving slowly to be careful not to get paint everywhere, and it dried out too much to make a nice ghost. 
  • I set the two painty pieces of deli paper aside, and used clean ones for the next print. After about three cards, the deli paper I used for the first card was dry and I could use it again safely. So I didn't actually use up two sheets of deli paper for each card.

Have fun! Thanks for looking.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Junque Journals!

I took Julie Balzer's Make Your Own Junque Journal on-line class and made two journals. I loved this project.  It's so great to use up a bit of my huge stack of printed papers, and to find a home for some fairly finished artwork that I did as part of various on-line classes. For sure this is just the beginning of a new adventure in book binding for me.

In the class, they encourage us to video a "Flip-through" of our journals to other participants. I made this little video showing off both books.

Here are the on-line classes and teachers I mentioned in my video, in case you are interested in checking them out.
Thanks for looking!

Monday, March 7, 2016

There's printing and then there's printing

We have a 3D Printer. It's a Makerbot 2, if that means anything to anyone. Here's a vine I took of my cutter and the 3D Printer side by side working away.

On Sunday, I drew some fish with a pen on paper. I scanned them into Photoshop, and edited them a bit. Here's one.
I changed it into a vector graphic in Illustrator. Then it looked like this.
Next I exported it into a 3D drawing program called Sketchup, which I got for free on the internet. I thickened the fish into a 3D model.
I exported it to the appropriate format for 3-D printing and sent it to the printer.  It took about 2 hours to print, and cost me $0.87 in plastic.

Voila! It's for block printing. I attached a knob to the back with velcro so that it would be easier to pick up without getting paint on my fingers.  Then I used a brayer to roll on block printing ink for fabric and printed my fish on a piece of cotton.
How much fun is that? I'm rather excited. I'm going to make a cat and more fish and some flowers and a city and probably more fish and and and ...!  Here are some other blocks I made.

Thanks for looking!