Monday, February 2, 2015

week 4 of 52 weeks of printmaking- red onion

(Last week I decided to take down the wallpaper in my studio and paint. I love the end product, but it took all of my energy. Needless to say, it also put me a week behind. Oops.)

week 4- 52 weeks of printmaking

This week's print is based off the inside of a cut onion. I tend to like small-scale prints. But this week I wanted to play with something big. This stamp measures about 3.5 by 4 inches.

week 4- 52 weeks of printmaking

Block printing with a larger stamp can have its challenges. The rubber block needed to be mounted to a piece of plexiglass to keep it from flopping around, and I ended up using a foam brayer to apply my ink (I usually make my own stamp pad). But I love the statement it makes when its repeated-- I just might make this into a screen to do repeats on fabric yardage.

week 4- 52 weeks of printmaking

I originally planned to make a tote bag with two printed panels, but I cut the panels too small! So I opted to make a box pouch out of one of them for now.

  week 4- 52 weeks of printmaking

It's lined with one of my favorite Cake Rock Beach prints.

week 4- 52 weeks of printmaking

And it has a simple leather handle.

week 4- 52 weeks of printmaking

Want to win it? Just leave a comment here. I'll pick a winner on Wednesday!

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This week's winner is comment #19-- Barbara! Congrats!