With all the packing, mailing, and goodbyes this week, I haven’t had much time to print. The upside, though, is that I can really take my time drafting my next design! I had a general idea of the kind of mood I wanted this image to take, but no idea how to achieve it in … More Keeping Crafty: Witchy Cat Linocut Draft
I’ve while been hanging in cafes a lot lately, carving as much as I can with the free time I have. A few weeks ago, I was doing just that at Alex’s cafe, where he just so happened to be hosting a brunch event for our friends. One friend saw me working on my stamps … More Keeping Crafty: My First Stamp Commision!
Today I’m back in the studio – aka the local coffee shop. It’s a miracle they never kick me out for the mess (Though I do my best to keep things tidy)! I’m a little choosy with my coffee shops – the table to chair height ratio needs to be just right, plugs available for … More Keeping Crafty: Seaside Reduction Cut, Finale!
I’m back with a fresh supply of linoleum and printing ink! This is a reduction print of a rocky shoreline. These past two weeks, I’ve been helping Alex run a cafe, his project for the month. I’m in charge of food prep, but since business has been slow, it leaves me plenty of time to … More Keeping Crafty: Seaside Reduction Cut pt. 1
After my experiment with woodcut printing, I’ve decided to practice some more with linoleum. Lino has more in common with woodcarving than eraser carving, so it’s been a worthwhile extension of my self study! One thing I’ve noticed about my personal drawing style is an attraction to clean lines. I’m drawn to colour blocking, cross … More Keeping Crafty: Lino Sketch – Hands Pulling Rope
Here it is, the final steps to my jagalchi woodcut! All in all, I give this project a C+ for the result. The wood and ink were definitely of poor/cheap quality, which I think contributed to its meh appearance (although I can’t discount the hack carving job I did on the first two plates). There … More Keeping Crafty: Jagalchi Woodcut Finale!
Today I started carving! This image will be printed in 3 colours, thus 3 wood boards will be used. I’m using the wood planks I bought for ¥70 ($0.80 CAD) at Tokyu Hands. I’m not sure how good the quality is, as far as wood carving supplies go, but it was more than enough for … More Keeping Crafty: Jagalchi Woodcut pt. 2!
What better way to spend an afternoon than sipping cold jasmine tea and sketching? While in Japan, I had my glut of art supplies stores and loaded up on all kinds of carving rubber, printing ink, carving wood, and even stone jade for handmade chops! You may remember this image from my previous post, Busan’s … More Keeping Crafty: Drafting a Woodcut
This Thanksgiving was great. Really. I’ve been looking forward to it for two whole years and it honestly didn’t let me down. My family get together was actually Sunday rather than today, but as such it made for a good lengthy time to digest the colossal clump of food that congealed in my stomach while … More Thanksgiving: A Time For Reflection and Too Much Food
I missed the post about the glazing step, so let’s just skip to the fun part, which is: THE BOWLS ARE FIRED. THE GLAZE IS BEAUTIFUL. OUR FIRST BOWLS ARE COMPLEEEEEETE ! Mia has been absolutely amazing in all of our lessons. Makes me want to hang out in Korea longer just to make more … More Keeping Crafty: Pinch Pot, Complete!