“The world would be a happier place if humanity held and utilized the virtues of ants.” While most of us avoid ants and may try to kill their homes, ants are extremely industrious. They gather and hunt, they work hard, are patient and co-operative. An ant is able to carry a leaf, a crumb or a dead ant for miles – just to get back home to the anthill. If an ant has to fight, it will, if an ant has to dig tunnels, it will, and if an ant has to carry leaves for miles, it will, all for the good of the community. If you want to know the virtues of ants you can read more here.
I often thought of myself as a horse, a work horse more specifically, but after reading about ants, with this project alone, I am I qualify with the virtue of the ants.
Table of ants
Edition of 10, The Print of the Day is now available on Stonetrigger Press Etsy store, $20 each. They are 10″ x 8″, image is 6″ x 4″ printed onto Rives BFK paper.
Pisces Linocut 10″ x 8″
Now on Etsy for $20, just click here, there are 10 available.
It is almost your birthday time, Pisces. Do you or a friend have a birthday between February 20 and March 20th? This would make a great gift. This linocut of the Pisces two fish, swimming, each have a chine colle, a collage while printing, of antique Italian printed paper, one is red and one blue.
Print comes unmatted and unframed, picture of framed work is only an example. Image is 4″ x 6″ printed onto Rived BFK paper, 10″ x 8″.
This print is the forth print completed in February as part of my print a day project.
Each print is hand printed by the artist, me, Hilary Lorenz in my studio in New Mexico. Each morning I carve a new animal into my linoleum and print an edition of 10 and by 6pm MT, I put them on Etsy.
Pregnant Gerbil on Olive Green background
Isn’t it cute? A pregnant gerbil on an olive green background. I really don’t know if the gerbil is pregnant, but in the 4th grade when Mrs. Seaver offered her students, “gerbil couples” to take home, I got mine and soon my two gerbils populated into about 200 in record time.
Pregnant Gerbil now on Etsy, $20 each, just click here.
Each linoleum block print image is 4″ x 6″ printed onto Rives BFK paper 8″ x 10″ in an edition of 10 for only $20.
Full size paper of the Gerbil 10″ x 8″
It was very entertaining for a while having all these gerbils. Luckily I always worked, even in 4th grade, so that I could get new aquariums keep my expanding family in. It was really fun at first, then after 100 or so, it was not so fun. But I am still fond of the little critters.
Table of Olive Green Gerbils
You will find 10 of these prints available on Stonetrigger Press Etsy along with two pages of additional prints. Each weekend I made a new print, always on 8″ x 10″ Rives BFK, and always ready by 8pm EST.
Free Willy, Orca Linocut Print
10 Orca Whale Prints now on Etsy, $20 each, just click here.
January 1, I began the 30 prints in 30 days project with a jumping Dolphin, it sold out. With February here, my print of the day project will begin with a jumping Orca “Killer Whale” affectionately known as “Free Willy.
Table of prints drying
“Free Willy” is a two color linocut with blue water and a black Orca.
The two linoleum blocks are hand printed, the image is 5″ wide and 6.5″ tall printed onto 8″ x 10″ Rives BFK Paper in an edition of 10. Once the 10 are gone, no more Orca’s are available.
Full paper 10″ x 8″ paper with linocut
Just click over to Etsy and get your very limited edition Free Willy Linocut today. And as always I love your comments and requests!
Thirty prints in thirty days has been an amazing challenge, a huge amount of fun, and a project that just took off. I will stop it now. What is going to happen next?
I have given this a lot of thought. Those thoughts include, “I would really like to have Saturday and Sunday to work on longer projects, drawings, larger prints, or a “play day” out in the snow. I also want to print linoleum blocks onto soft cotton t-shirts and offer t-shirts.
For the month of February the project will look like this:
1. A new print Monday through Friday, still 8″ x 10″ still $20. 5 prints per week instead of 7.
2. No prints, no posts on Saturday and Sunday
3. I will use the weekend to carve larger blocks for t-shirts and offer 1-shirt a week. I will also offer your choice of color on the t-shirt. This will be a different image from the art prints.
See you on Monday!
Please send me your ideas and thoughts. I love hearing them.
Be Mine! Linocut
On the last day of 30 prints in 30 days, we are only 2 weeks away from Valentines Day. What could be more fitting than a Be Mine! Linocut. This 6″ x 4″ image on 10″ x 8″ Rives BFK. On Etsy
I know it is a bit hard to see as the print looks black at the top, but it is dark magenta! There is a rainbow roll from red to magenta and each one is slightly different. You can see in the table of prints.
Table of Valentines
Also I made a narrower print, still BFK paper but it is 10″ x 6″ and blank at the bottom so you can write in your own message to that special person.
BeMine Print along side Write in Valentine Print
BIG SPECIAL – If you buy the 10″ x 8″ print which you can see here you can add the write in print for only $5.00 (50% off!) by using the code, “BeMine” I printed 50 of the narrow write in prints, order as many as you like. On Etsy
10″ x 6″ write in print
Wow 30 prints in 30 days concluding with a lot of love for all of you. Your support has been overwhelming! This is what the whole month looks like:
30 prints in 30 days!
Don’t worry, I will not stop here. Tomorrow’s post will outline just how this daily print project will continue. That’s right, it will continue!
It is Pandaemonium! Now on Etsy, An 8″ x 10″ linocut in an edition of 10. The image size is 5″ x 7″ a little bigger than my usual 4″ x 6″ because I wanted to get a lot of Panda details.
Check out this whole table of panda’s. You probably know that panda’s are from China, but did you know that they grow as large as 250 pounds and eat bamboo almost exclusively? I wonder if that could happen to me, if I ate enough kale?
In planning the future of these daily prints, I did a little printing experiment. What do you think?
Linocut Printed T-shirt
I am thinking a small line of t-shirts might be very interesting. Let me know.
I have a damselfly for your dragonfly. These two beautiful linoleum block prints would look great together. The image is 6″ x 4″ printed on 10″ x 8″ Rives BFK, in an edition of 10 is now on Etsy.
There was gorgeous light coming into my studio today when I photographed the whole edition of damselflies.
Table of DamselFlies
Did you know that Dragonflies and Damselflies are prehistoric insects, older than the dinosaur. It is true, you can read about it on the San Diego Zoo website.
The damselfly, like the dragonfly is also a rainbow roll color but the damselfly is yellow to green to blue.
This is day 28 of making one print a day for 30 days. Three of the editions are sold out and there is incredible support to keep going. I never dreamt this would take off like it did, but all of you are amazing to keep coming back, checking out the prints, and giving them great homes. I love the stories you send me and please you are welcome to post photos of your displayed prints on my FB page. On January 30th I will let you know how the project will continue to unfold.
Here are detail thumbnails of all the prints, which you can also see and collect on Etsy.
30 prints in 30 days
From the world of magic at speeds of up to 30mph comes the dragonfly. This 6″ x 4″ image on 10″ x 8″ Rives BFK, in an edition of 10 is now on Etsy.
I have a whole table of 10 Dragonflys drying.
Printed in a rainbow roll of pink to magenta to blue it looked amazing next to the blue/grey elephants I printed yesterday.
Dragonfly vs elephant
It is hard to believe that so far 27 prints in 27 days, along with a few bonus prints. Three days to go to complete 30 prints in 30 days. But the fun is just starting here at Stonetrigger Press. I have a big announcement to make on the 30th as to where this 30 prints in 30 days project is headed. And it is very exciting!
30 prints in 30 days
I want the elephant to be my spirit animal! They walk almost noiselessly, with exceptionally graceful and rhythmic striding, unlike me as I lumber away in my running. Elephants communicate telepathically with herd members as well as other elephants. Whoa, I want to communicate telepathically. Can you hear what I am communication right now? I didn’t think so but it was worth a try.
This is a good looking elephant and there are 10 waiting on Etsy for you.
Elephant fun fact:
Elephants have 4 teeth, all molars.
Elephant tusks point backwards. They use them as weapons and for digging edible roots.
Elephants have emotions that are comparable to human – love, joy, jealousy, rage.
As well as being the largest land animals, they are also among the longest lived, with life spans of 60+ years.
To bring us up to date on the 30prints is 30 days, this is number 26. All are printed onto 8″ x 10″ paper in an edition of 10 and only $20. They are released daily and available on Etsy.
30 prints in 30 days