Wednesday, June 20, 2018

French Press Mini Print

Full Disclosure: I have never been a coffee drinker. My beverage of choice has always been tea. However, coffee is a major part of my husband's morning ritual, and his French press always has a place at our breakfast table.

I sketched out his carafe the other morning, and from that drawing traced a slightly cleaner ink rendition on tracing paper. I then traced over the ink drawing with a graphite pencil, and transferred the image onto the rubber carving block.



Pulling test prints throughout the carving process.




The final print



Experimenting with color palettes on the scanned image in Adobe Illustrator 

That about wraps up design #3 in my Breakfast Table Mini Print series. 

I think next I will finally pay homage to my cup of tea.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Honey Bear Mini Print

On a roll now with tiny tabletop print #2!

Because what breakfast would be complete without a little something sweet?


The original plate measures just about 4.5x3"


I don't know which part of the process I enjoy more, carving the initial print or playing with various color palettes. Both are supremely satisfying in their own way.

These digital colorizations were created using Adobe Illustrator.



Sunday, June 10, 2018

Flowers in Technicolor

I had the best time coloring my mini flower arrangement in Adobe Illustrator.

Technology is amazing!



Miniature Floral Print

 The days are long and hot again, and somehow it's easier to find the time and inspiration to create.

It's been months since I've done any printing, so I decided to ease back into things with a mini 4x5" print. I enjoy the process of working small; the manageable size and immediate results are rather gratifying. And tiny art is just so whimsical and fun, don't you think?




I've printed a handful of these sweet little arrangements on watercolor paper. It takes a few days for the ink to cure completely, then it will be safe to wash over them with some paint.


In the meantime, I may just scan a print and play around with color options digitally. 

Stay tuned for results!

Monday, September 4, 2017

Linocut Process Video

If you've ever wondered about the work that goes into creating a linocut print, you're in luck because I just posted my first video of the carving process!





The 45-minutes of footage have been condensed into this five minute clip. Special thanks to my dearest Adam for providing the inspiration and tech support behind this video!

Here are some photos of the final prints after being finished with a wash of color.





Puppy Portraits

We're doing some remodeling around the house, and I've been thinking a lot about what kind of art I'd like to put up once the dust has settled and the paint has dried. 

Prints of our fur children seemed like an obviously must!






Friday, April 28, 2017

Go Figure

I have a new work space and a happy little fig tree lives outside my window. I'm told it produces heaps of fruit, if the birds don't get to it first. It will be several weeks before the figs are ripe, but in the meantime they've inspired this design. Here's a look at my process for carving and proofing a print. 



For more process pics and videos, follow me on Instagram @smallfoxpress