The Art Tree has set Wednesday evenings aside for printmaking. Often times I’m inspired or motivated by others that show up at the studio to carve or print. This week I was encouraged to print from a project that Printzero Studios is putting together for August. Even though I wont be submitting my work for this show the guidelines and requirements helped to direct me to a finished print. 🙂
Children’s books also inspire me, I recently read and enjoyed the illustrations in this book; A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead, illustrated by Erin E. Stead. Again, I was encouraged by an artist, (just by viewing the book) to experiment with blocking on colour.
I’ve taken a few existing lino blocks and added a simple carved block of a bird to fit into the layout.
Here are the three carvings;The top and bottom lino carvings are put through the press, where as the middle lino bird is stamped or hand pressed onto the “Trees”the first lino. The black outline of the bird with details is aligned and put back through the press.“Blue Bird Trees”