Woodcut and Linocut

A Klimt Art Fan (forever) I saw my first Klimt painting projected on a large screen in a college auditorium during an Art History class. It was The Kiss, painted between 1907-8 in Vienna. That was almost four decades ago, and I’m still moved by Klimt’s work. Inspired by Master Artists Artists looking to sharpen …

Klimt Inspired Linocut Portrait – Winged Read More »

Hand Color Linocuts If you print your linocuts and woodcuts with inks that won’t re-wet, you can have a lot of fun hand coloring your relief prints with watercolors. Hand Colored Block Print Fun Let’s say you printed a small edition of 5 linocuts in black ink that dries permanently. Once the ink is dry, …

Paint Linocuts with Watercolor – and a few more Linocut Posts Read More »

Two Color Reduction Printmaking Here is a small, relief printmaking woodcut portrait of a girl with red hair, looking down as she gets ready for her day. She was carved and printed using the reduction method with two colors of ink, from shina plywood, and then enhanced with watercolor washes and colored pencil. This is …

Resources for Printing a Reduction Woodcut Read More »

Give Printmaking a Go Printmaking methods, and the approaches within each method are a perpetual ocean for exploration and experimentation. Add to that artists’ layering of techniques – and hacks on traditional procedures – to create a bottomless channel available for deep study. The best way to dip your toe in the wonderful world of …

Five Printmakers to Follow on Instagram Read More »

Gift Ideas for the for Beginner Printmaker When I started posting printmaking tutorials on my youtube channel, I got a flood of emails asking where one could buy a comprehensive starter set to try printmaking without breaking the bank. I’ve searched, and there isn’t a complete set in a box that includes all of the parts I’d recommend to …

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Dogs as Art Models There’s an adorable, shiny black lab who insists on sharing my cheese and crackers when we hang out. It’s impossible to resist cracker division with this big love of a lap dog, and it gives me opportunities for surreptitious snapshots to make art. I just dropped off one of these linocut prints …

Making Linocut Prints of Your Dog Read More »

Available – in my Etsy Shop I purchased Shane Weller’s book (Dover Publications) on German Expressionist Woodcuts in the mid-90’s, and it’s been an excellent source of inspiration when I need to make something impactful, unfussy – and different from the style & subject of what I normally carve. The book features excellent, full page examples …

Woodcut: Artemis (Diana) (& finding your style by mimicking others) Read More »

I’m back in the studio after the Thousand Oaks Arts Festival, and work is full-speed underway on the next group of watercolors and printmaking for upcoming shows. If you’re in Southern California, save these dates to come visit: October 15: Opening at Flower Pepper Gallery in Pasadena, CAOct 15 & 16: Beverly Hills Art ShowOct 22: …

Linocut: Stag (& breaking through Creative Block) Read More »

You and I share an interest in making things with our hands. The net is rich with thought-provoking articles about WHY we love hand-made, so that tells you lots of other folks are thinking and talking about it too. As both a consumer and a maker, I love the search for, and adoration of, other maker’s creations; it’s a forest of …

Woodcut: Sunset Sail (& the Folly Cove Designers) Read More »

Adding Watercolor to Woodcuts Have you ever considered adding watercolor to your linocuts, and wood block prints? If you print in single colors, you can add full color to a block print after the ink dries. Use dry media like colored pencils, or pastels – or use wet media like watercolors. But successfully adding wet …

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Artists Stealing from Artists An artist I admire has recently been copied by another artist, with no attribution.  The copied work is for sale, presented as original to the artist listing it. It’s a direct copy – as in brush stroke-for-brush stroke, but with the tell-tale mark-making of a novice painter.   Another artist friend had her …

When Artist’s Steal from Each Other Read More »

This reduction woodcut goes wayyyy back, so I’m posting it as a nod to Throw Back Thursday. The first printmaking experience I had was at UMASS in the mid 1980’s. As soon as I walked into the print lab, and heard the clank of an old metal proofing press, inhaled a whiff of ink, and stepped …

Woodcut: Avocado Pit Still Life Read More »

Linocut Print in 6 Colors with the Reduction Method I’ve just posted a new video tutorial showing how to make a linocut in the reduction method. Steps to Make a 6-color Reduction Linocut This video (below) is an intermediate to advanced demo. If you’re just beginning to learn about linoleum block printing, and you’re looking …

How to Make a Linocut with the Reduction Method Read More »

Sleep 12×9 inch Woodcut with Watercolor & Colored Pencil Available in my Etsy Shop Happy December, everyone! Process photos for this woodcut with mixed media start at the bottom of this post. As we approach the end of the year, I’m having a little sale in my freshly stocked Etsy Shop. There are over 200 …

Woodcut with mixed media; Sleep Read More »

Feeling Thankful While I’m rolling out dough for apple pie to prep for upcoming holidays, I’m feeling gratitude for the people and the technology that make it possible to participate in this online community of artists and art lovers via blogging, social media and youtube. The required solitude of making now has a lovely balance …

Linocut: Pie Inspectors – and a new printmaking video Read More »

Lily 8.25×6.25 Woodblock print with watercolor and colored pencil Process shots begin at the bottom of this post.  The woodblock print is available in my Etsy shop.   The shina block Lily was printed from, after printing an edition of 25 prints hanging to dry pulling prints on a variety of papers Shallow contour carving, …

Woodcut: Lily Read More »

Grange 4×3 Woodcut with watercolor and colored pencil Available in my Etsy Shop. I have a couple of new wood/linocut printmaking video tutorials in the works, so stay tuned (or subscribe to the channel) to catch them. If you have a particular method of printmaking you’d like to see in a video, leave me a note …

Mini Woodcut: Grange Read More »

Rabbit Meadow  4×4 Reduction Linocut (4 color) Video Tutorials Tutorial videos for both watercolor and printmaking are posted on my youtube channel. I’ve enjoyed sharing photos of experiments in printmaking, painting and mixed media drawing on this blog for a decade, and I’ll continue to do this, but it’s time to add moving images! Step by step …

Four Color Reduction Linocut: Rabbit Meadow Read More »

Dozing 5.5 x 7.5 Linocut with Watercolor on paper Available in my Etsy Shop.This linocut was an experiment with pattern on pattern. The reference photo had the same tone and values in about 80% of the image, except for the extreme lights (the sun light) and the darks (the cats). I carved a variety of …

Beginner Linocut Print Set Up Read More »

Huntress 4×5 Linocut with Colored Pencil After returning from our family vacation, and the brainstorming I did with my daughter on our upcoming collaboration project, I was excited to clean my studio, purge the un-necessaries, and organize supplies for Fall projects. It was a daunting task (I’ll spare you the photos) that took all day, …

Linocut: Huntress Read More »

The Three of Us 6×9 Woodcut (triptych) with watercolor Etsy Shop. Family Photo Printmaking Projects If you’ve been reading this blog for a time, you know I love to use family photos as reference material in the studio. The photo for this woodcut was snapped in my grandparent’s backyard on my tenth birthday, just before my brothers …

Woodcut Triptych: The Three of Us Read More »

Two Boys 5.5×5 Woodcut with watercolor The reference for this woodcut was a photo of my brothers, visiting me from Los Angeles, while I was in college at UMASS. As soon as I got the photo developed, I pinned it to the wall in my little apartment, knowing I wanted to draw it, or paint …

Woodcut and Watercolor Portrait: Two Boys Read More »

Artemis (Diana) 12×11 Woodcut with Watercolor Available – in my Etsy Shop I purchased Shane Weller’s book (Dover Publications) on German Expressionist Woodcuts in the mid-90’s, and it’s been an excellent source of inspiration when I feel pulled to make something impactful, unfussy – and most important to me – different from the style & …

Woodcut & Watercolor: Artemis (Diana) Read More »

Making a Linocut Print The first time I made a linocut, I carved all of my drawn lines off the plate, resulting in a dark background (I used black ink) and a white-line print. It wasn’t awful, but it also wasn’t the linocut print I had in mind. I carved the next block with the …

Linocut: Got Any More cookies? Read More »