Smokey, from Start to Finish

Small Print Store, stonetrigger press

I am working on a super fun project creating a portrait of Smokey a beautiful Weimaraner rescue pup who lives in Michigan. I photographically detailed the entire process for you to see, but especially for Smokey’s human companions. I know this girl is very special.

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I start with a collection of photographs provided by Smokey’s family.  I blow some up so that I can see detail, making copies both light and dark to see texture. Then I start the drawing onto a 7″ x 5″ linoleum block

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This is the block before I carved it. I draw in a range of lines to use as a guide, but eventually my carving tool becomes my “drawing” tool.

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I use a variety of carving tools to bring out the details of the drawing. I carve away everything that I want to appear white.

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While I am carving, I also pencil in lines, and brush over the surface so that it is easier to see what is cut and what is left.

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Once I am ready to print, I mix up oil based ink until I get the color I want.

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I use a brayer to apply ink to the linoleum block, making sure to cover the surface evenly.

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Once the block is inked up, I carefully place it on the press bed.

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A sheet of paper is carefully placed on top the linoleum block. I have a “template” in place that is my guidelines for placement

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I use this handle to crank the press bed under the rollers thus applying pressure to the block and transferring the ink to the paper.

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Here is the print side by side with the block on the press bed.

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Here is where it gets really interesting. I wanted to put a jacket on Smokey, so I took the first print, cut it up so that I would have a pattern of the jacket. I then reversed it, since everything in printmaking is mirror image and used it as a stencil to block out the ink. Meaning, I would ink the block, put this paper over where the jacket should be and print it. This will leave an open spot for me to put the jacket.

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This is the block with stencil on the left, and the print on the right.

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This is a second pattern I used to cut the Awagami Japanese hemp paper for the jacket.

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I am sizing up the  paper cut jacket before I adhere it to the print

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And here is Smokey in her fine green jacket.

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And in her fancy red jacket. I think she is looking especially fine. 

Paper used: Awagami Factory, Japan, handmade Shiramine Select, 110g
Collage paper: Awagami Factory, Japan, Shin Inbe, color hemp paepr
Ink: Speedball Oil based ink
Press: Takach
I use a variety of carving tools from Switzerland, Japan, and the Czech Republic.
If you read this far, and you want a portrait made of your pet, you can order one through my Etsy Store, at StonetriggerPress. 

 

 

 

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