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Sometimes I find myself in the position of explaining what printmaking is to someone who’s never heard of it – this is actually fun!

A super basic definition of “printmaking” is something like this: the art of creating an image (through carving or impression or other) on a firm block (such as wood, linoleum, or rubber), applying ink to the block, and then transferring that ink to paper to make a print of the image.

For the block material, I use either MDF (medium density fiberboard – it’s like wood, but much cheaper – but also less durable), wood, or rubber (sometimes called “speedycut”).

First, I draw an image, or I’ll alter a photo that I’ve taken. Lately, I have been doing pieces that are simple and small, so that I can focus less on drawing and more on carving and choosing layers to print.

Then I transfer the image to the board I’m going to cut. Sometime I have to think about whether I’m going to use two colors, and transfer one part of the image to one board, and the other part of the image to a different board.

For this print, I drew a Yucca plant seed pod that I picked from a trail near our house.

To carve the board, I use special carving tools. I recently got this cool set from Flexcut! The tool handle tucks right into my palm, so it’s easy to hold and control. Each tool provides different line thickness.

I carved the first block and printed it.

Then I decided that I could add another color to this image (usually you figure this out first!), so I found another block that would fit and carved out the background color. The block on the right is the background color – ink will only appear where the white spots are in the image above.

It takes a bit of mental calculation to make sure you carve out the right spots on each block. And you’re looking at the image in reverse!

Final outcome – small and fun to do!

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Swimmers are supposed to look down, so that you aren’t straining your neck when you’re swimming all those laps in practice, but as you approach the end of the pool, you look up for visual cues indicating the end of the pool and where to place your feet against the wall as you explode into the next lap after the flip turn.

This is my first two color print. I printed the blue with the bubbles first, then I printed the lane line and markers on the pool wall. And, I like power tools. I created the bubbles in the water with a power drill.

[Note: I have a backlog of posts that I didn’t publish – I’m backdating the post to around the time that I worked on the print. Current date: 9-2015]