In this print, I finally paid homage to one of my favorite times of day: Tea Time.
Normally I proof in black ink, but for this tea pot I decided to use a splash of color instead. I love how the sherbert gradient turned out!
This project also marked a milestone in my career as a printmaker, as my husband finally built me something I've always dreamed of: a drying line for fresh prints!
I've found that the printing process is much more satisfying when the finished product can be displayed neatly on a wall, as opposed to haphazardly strewn about every surface in the room.
And of course, what would a new print be without its digital counterpart?
I so loved the look of the gradient backsplash from the handprinted version, I decided to incorporate it into the vector image, as well.
These colors make me feel so peaceful and satisfied.
Often I simply create images that I think I'll like, and never bother to reflect upon a deeper meaning. The other day, I asked myself what I hope to achieve with my work (if anything), and the answer was this:
I wish to create the world I long to see manifest in reality: One that rests in quiet reflection and finds joy in life's simple pleasures. A world that feels warm, hospitable, and safe.
It's the little things.
In scale, I enjoy working small, and drawing the viewer into a tiny world with a familiar object. Then the broader context is theirs to imagine. What memories and emotions does the object, those colors, that pattern evoke? What does it feel like? Smell like? Taste like?
The sense of balance, the clean lines and the simple harmony of these designs helps me come back to center. They encourage a sense of presence, and gratitude. It's the little things that anchor us in the present moment; it's giving thanks for life's mundane details that sweetens the everyday.
I hope these prints will bring peace and gratitude to many kitchens. Prints and cards will be available soon! Follow me on Instagram @smallfoxpress to stay up-to-date on news and shop launch date.
Somehow it's already July, and it seems that the triple digit temperatures are here to stay a while. Fortunately, my little home studio is the coolest room in the house, and I can happily hibernate here all summer long.
However, I am looking forward to getting out later this month: On the evening of July 26th, I will be hosting Art After Dark at the Bakersfield Museum of Art. Art After Dark is one of my favorite events at the BMOA. That night, Kern River Brewing Co. will be in the house pouring craft beer, and I will be leading the group in a fun linocut activity. I'm really excited to share my experience, and watch everyone's creations come to life!
Since the theme of the night is nature and the great outdoors, I created a print depicting spring's most ubiquitous little cheerleader: The California Poppy.
I don't often pull out the colors, but an orange/green gradient was a really fun look for these guys.
And as usual, I couldn't resist scanning the original print and experimenting with multiple digital iterations in Adobe Illustrator.
I love that my collection of prints is growing steadily every week! I'm just about ready to print some greeting cards. I'll be sure to announce shop updates here and on instagram @smallfoxpress
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.
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.