Friday, February 16, 2018

Children's Scratchfoam Animal Prints

This week in my University City Arts League after school class for K-2nd graders we made prints of animals whose coats change from brown to white in the winter. The kids drew directly on scratch foam and then printed on both brown and white paper. Next week we'll turn these into mixed media pieces with collage. I just love these drawings of a weasel, fox, hares, and caribou printed on the brown paper.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Friday, February 9, 2018

"Year of the Dog" Hand Colored

I was going to send out the black and white version of my Year of the Dog cards, but over last weekend I colored one for fun and decided that I had to color them all. Finished and mailed out the last of them tonight.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Sketchbook Sunday: Just Drawing with the Girls

This week I sketched with my daughters a bit. This first drawing is by my 8-year-old Lysistrata, and I think it is just amazing. I so want to make this into a linocut so we can make copies and color them.

The next print is by 6-year-old Bebe and it is of the Morning Glories we planted and grew last year. I guess she is already longing for spring.

The last drawing is mine - a quick line drawing on Bebe.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

White Line Portrait of Will

I've been playing around more with faux white line woodcuts using Scratch Art Scratchfoam that I draw into with pencil and print with markers. It's a particularly useful technique to be able to teach kids or short workshops to adults and still get the general look of a white line woodcut. This is a portrait of my husband that I made to test using Crayola markers. I just bought some higher quality Prismacolor markers and will experimenting with those later this week.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Groundhog Day 2018

6" x 4"
Oil-based ink on 140 lb Cold Press Strathmore Watercolor paper

This is my 4th annual Groundhog Day card. (Sort of - I started in 2014, but skipped 2016.) You can view the previous years' cards here. This is also the first with no text. None necessary in this case, I suppose.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Mary Azarian's Groundhog

Happy February! Tomorrow is Groundhog Day. I mailed out my annual cards yesterday, so hopefully people get them in time, or at least only a day or two late. I'll post that print on this blog tomorrow. But for now, enjoy this charming woodcut of a groundhog made by one of my all-time favorite woodcut artists Mary Azarian and found in her 1992 publication of A Country Calendar.