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!