Updates on shipping, packaging and a little preview

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Am I really almost half way there? In the first 12 days, so much has happened. Those of you receiving prints this week will receive them in my new rigid self-sealing mailers. On the inside sandwiched between two pieces of chip board with a Stonetrigger Press sticker on the front you will find a crystalclear brand glassine print holder. I am now printing out all my labels directly from Etsy via the USPS. We are growing up fast here at Stonetrigger Press; it is not really  “we” unless you include Conrad and Homer who are not helpful. I am looking at other ways to streamline my mailing because I have 10-15 orders to send out each day before I start carving my blocks. I love packing up stuff so you will continue to see changes. Also feel free to make suggestions! I am strongly considering extending this to 90 days so I need to become the queen of efficiency.

Many people order a few times during the week. I do not want you to pay multiple shipping charges. I can do 1 of 2 things. You can email me prints that you want and I will put a “reserve” on Etsy for you. We can add to that “reserve” listing, then settle up at the end of the week or every two weeks. I can also hold your order and when you order more refund the shipping cost. It makes sense to just send the whole package priority, a whole pound of prints can fit. Until I figure out a better solution I think the reserve will work best.

Ideally I will ship the day after the order, but often time prints need to dry 3 days, then ship on the 4th day. I listed on Etsy that I would mail them 1-3 business days, but I just changed that to 3-5 days. Most likely I will still send them within 1-3 business days. I know I like to get the things I order immediately!

Your preview for tonight, is the title, “The Lizard King.”

Roar, Print 9 of 30

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Black bear, Roar, bear, wilderness animal,Many of your know this bear. I made him last summer to be included in my exhibition at Wave Hill in New York. No, he is not the 9th print. For one he is way too big, 24″ wide by 40″ tall and that might be too big for some people. Plus, he is more expensive $450 and that may be too expensive for some people. He is a bear, ha ha, to print, but he is stunning.  Do not worry dedicated followers of 30 x 30 x $20 because you can get a piece of him today, and yes for $20 at my Etsy store.  Print #9 of 30.

bear head, teeth, mouth, 8" x 10" affordable art
Roar! Bear head. This print is called a “bleed print” because the image goes all the way to the edge of the paper, the full 10″ x 8″, there is no border. This is the first of at least 3 I will make into bleed prints. It gives a huge impact and Roar! is  terrific print.
framed_bear_bleed_printIf you had it framed this is what it would look like with a 2.5″ mat around the bear head. But the piece does not come framed or matted, it is only for reference.  This is a great photo of all the prints drying.
table_bear_black_print_HIlary_LorenzIf you are not familiar with my show at Wave Hill in NY, it ran from  October – December 2015, there are loads of photos on my blog, plus I added a couple here so you can see how the bear was incorporated into the printed and cut paper landscape. (Soon this work will be shown digitally in a gallery at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, CA but that is another story. If you want a bear head, grab yours today for $20 on Etsy.

Wave Hill, Cut paper print installation, pirintmaking

Nomadic Geography, A cut paper and print installation by Hilary Lorenz

Bear, Hilary Lorenz, Print Installation

Nomadic Geography, A cut paper and print installation by Hilary Lorenz


Moose Face, print 7 and 8 out of 30

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Moose face 2

There is no doubt making a print a day is demanding and yesterday was the first day I was not happy with  print, a moose, so I took time to rework him today and to carve a second moose for print #8.   I was interested in the moose’s face, go I Googled, “moose face” to find images to work from. What I found was the Urban Dictionary definition for “moose face.”

“A word (usually an insult) used to describe somebody as being silly/a fool, etc. It can also be used as more of a loving/joking insult, meant for close friends, if you are that way inclined. For example: You forgot to buy me a doughnut?! You’re such a mooseface!”
It is entertaining insult, though I can’t quite imagine anyone over the age of 10 calling someone a mooseface.
I really like the face of a moose, the overside, kind of dopey look.  I have never seen one during my hikes, there are apparently about 50,000 in the Northeast.  With some luck on my next hike in the Adirondacks of northern NY or higher up in Maine if I print this moose onto my shirt I will conjure one up.
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Moose Face #1

Today you get moose, print #7 and print #8. Both are happy moose!
As always they are available for $20 on my Etsy store, they are 4″ x 6″ images on 8″ x 10″ paper and only 10 are available.
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Moose face 1 and 2

And finally here are two photos, one of me inking the plates and the other printing on my Charles Brand Etching Press.

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Hilary Lorenz hand inking plate

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Moose Head Linocut, 7 out of 30

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Moose Head Print

This is one weird looking moose, more like a moose mask on a bear body. Today is the first day I missed my 8pm EST deadline. I was rushing to carve this block, give the dogs at least a 4 mile walk, then run  5 miles myself, and drive 87 miles to get more printing paper. Something had to give.

I got home with an hour to finish. I went into the dark studio with nothing but a headlamp. The studio is primitive, no electricity, no heat, just mud and rocks and glorious windows to aid in the passive solar.  I made a few proofs under my headlamps and decided to come back into the house to carve some more. My ink was hard in the cold and clumping up, and frankly too dark to see.

So this guy is just a preview, a “proof” print, not the final. He needs to get a few things straightened out, but that is the way with relief printing. You think your block is done, and good, but when you ink it up you see what you are missing or what you want to change. Tonight I will spend the evening changing it up and the final version will be available tomorrow, along with tomorrow’s new print. Hummmm, what should that be?

If your suggestion is selected, I will send you a free print. So fill out the comments with what you want to see carved. It can be anything. The catch is, I will not tell you what day your print is being made, so you have to check back.

Okay, more carving. See you tomorrow with the finished version.

Seamore, Print 6 of 30

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Seamore

Seamore

In 2002 I was walking out of the “Q” line subway at Canal Street and saw a woman selling quarter size red-eared slider turtles in clear plastic boxes with palm trees, just like the ones my mom bought me 40 years ago. Back then we got the turtles at the Ben Franklin store in Whitehall, MI. The turtles were on a wall with other pets, one most vivid in my memory was a baby alligator. Of all the pets, she never let me get the baby alligator no matter how much I begged. The red-eared sliders never seemed to grow much larger than a quarter before they died, but  this one I was going to do my best to keep alive.

I walked  to my studio, then on Suffolk Street, on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. I was grinning ear to ear with my new turtle. I would call him “Seamore” as in the “Sea”, water, and “more”, wanting more of it. It helps having dyslexia to put such names, words and letter together that make perfect sense to me.

I put Seamore in my dearly departed dog’s water dish that I have kept around and filled it with distilled water. For the first year I kept him only in distilled water and hand fed him “turtle pellets.” Seamore grew. In fact today Seamore is 12″ in diameter and lives in a 60 gallon long tank with a basking light and water to swim.

Seamore is wildly friendly. He will follow people around, climb into their laps and ask to to pet. He will climb into the dogs bagel shaped bolster bed with them and hang out. No one believes this until they come over.

Conrad, Homer and Seamore

Conrad, Homer and Seamore

When Conrad was a puppy he was not quite sure what to do with Homer, but he did try to play ball.

Conrad_SeamoreIt seems only fitting that on his 13th birthday, Seamore have a print of his own. I carved the linoblock this afternoon and printed the 4″ x 6″ image on 8″ x 10″ paper. There are 10 prints available on Etsy for $20. 

Seamore, my friendly turtle is currently keeping my friend Lisa company in the Bronx.

seamore
The prints do not come matted or framed, but if you framed it, it might look like this:

Framed turtle print
My store on Etsy is titled: https://www.etsy.com/shop/StoneTriggerPress

 

Horse of Course, Print 5 out of 30

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horse_framedIs this really only day 5 of 30? I am working my tail off and I am just getting started!  I was up past midnight packaging up prints, at the post office bright and early, then back home carving and printing so that I have time run before  4pm when it begins to get dark.

I am very excited to present you with a horse. Make fun of me all you want but today, according to Astrologer Susan Blair Hunt of Santa Fe, my spirit animal of the week is a Horse. What is the significance of a horse you ask? You can read all about it at Shamanismjourney, but the part that most resonates with me is, “People with Horse as power animal are fiercely independent and have little tolerance for anything or anyone that limits their free expression. They give us the safety of speed and the promise of adventure.”  So this week I am embracing my inner horse.

Horse Spirit Animal

Horse Spirit Animal

I always jokes that I was a horse in a former life, or perhaps a pack mule, as I can be incredibly stubborn with endless perseverance, especially when it comes to physical demand.

Today you get a horse for your 4″ x 6″ image printed onto 8″ x 10″ paper. In the edition of 10, you can get it at Etsy, It is only day 5, of my 30 prints in 30 days project, 25 more to go!

Also for those of you ordering multiple prints, please send me a message so that I can adjust the postage before you purchase. You do not need to add it in twice!

The Etsy Link again is: https://www.etsy.com/shop/StoneTriggerPress
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Print 4 of 30 still only $20; Sunday Bonus Print!

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Sunday, after the previous day’s invigorating snowshoe outing at 11,500ft of altitude, I entered the studio with renewed vim and vigor to produce two prints, both of which are Ravens.  One print is a black linocut the other a woodcut, the woodcut is printed in both red and black!

Red Raven Woodcut

Red Raven Woodcut

Both prints are available immediately on Etsy. The black raven linocut, sticking to my promise of only 10 prints and only $20 The “bonus print” a woodblock print that is double printed, first with a red woodblock then a black woodblock is $30. This one is extra because of the additional work both in printing and carving.  You can see the prints drying here, some with just one layer of red, others with both the red and black layer.

Color layer one and two

Color layer one and two

The hand printed block does not come framed, it is only for reference.

Raven Woodcut

Red Raven Woodcut

Raven_lino_cut

Black Raven Linocut



Here is a photo  of both the linocut and woodcut being carved.
This is my usual morning of coffee and carving.

Morning coffee and carving

Morning coffee and carving

I love how a big table of drying prints look. Once these are dry, about 2 days, I will sign them and ship them out. Who will be one of the lucky 10 to get one? (If you are thinking, “hey there is way more than 10” You are right, I always print extras and destroy any that have fingerprints, smears, or are too light or dark; quality control.)

Black Ravens drying

Black Ravens drying

Each print is hand printed by the artist, me, Hilary Lorenz in my studio in Abiquiu, New Mexico. For the month of January 1, 2015 I carve and print a new block each day. I will only print 10 and I ship them out after 2-3 days – once the ink dries.

In case you missed the Etsy link to buy one of the 10 prints it is https://www.etsy.com/shop/StoneTriggerPress

Red Raven Woodcut in Room

Red Raven Woodcut in Room

 

California Valley Quail, Print 3 of 30

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framed_quailThe California quail is a small, plump bird with a short black beak. This quail is printed onto rives BFA black paper. A hard paper to photograph, but he peers out from the dark. It is day three of my 30 prints in 30 days series, this is a 4″ x 6″ linoleum block printed onto 8″ x 10″ archival paper. Only 10 available, each one $20, click right here now!

California Quail

California Quail

Each print is hand printed by the artist, me, Hilary Lorenz in my studio in New Mexico. For the month of January 1, 2015 I will make one new image each day. I will only print 10 and I ship them out after 3 days – once the ink dries.

California_quail

In case you missed the Etsy link to buy one of the 10 prints it is https://www.etsy.com/shop/StoneTriggerPress

Print number two! 30 prints in 30 prints,

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Snarling Wolf

Snarling Wolf

After all that New Year’s Day fun cheer you now get the snarling wolf to move you into the weekend.  Only 10 available, each one $20, click right here now!

My 30 prints in 30 days series, this is a 4″ x 6″ linoleum block printed onto 8″ x 10″ archival paper. I most often use Rives, Arches or German Etch.
table_of_wolf

This is a cold grey wolf emerging out of the black background.

The hand printed block does not come framed, it is only for reference.
Wolf

Each print is hand printed by the artist, me, Hilary Lorenz in my studio in New Mexico. For the month of January 1, 2015 I will make one new image each day. I will only print 10 and I ship them out after 3 days – once the ink dries.

In case you missed the Etsy link to buy one of the 10 prints it is https://www.etsy.com/shop/StoneTriggerPress



GO! Day 1, 30 prints in 30 days

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The Dolphin with the Diamond!

The Dolphin with the Diamond!

Happy New Year! You have got to have fun with New Years Day, so I offer you, “The Dolphin with the Diamond” only 10 available, each one $20, click right here now!

My 30 prints in 30 days series, this is a 4″ x 6″ linoleum block printed onto 8″ x 10″ archival paper.
table_of_prints

The blue rainbow rolled ink merges from dark blue to light blue with a small twinkling rhinestone attached to the paper.

The hand printed block does not come framed, it is only for reference.
Dolphin_with_a_diamond

Each print is hand printed by the artist, me, Hilary Lorenz in my studio in New Mexico. For the month of January 1, 2015 I will make one new image each day. I will only print 10 and I ship them out after 3 days – once the ink dries.
press_bedIn case you missed the Etsy link to buy one of the 10 prints it is https://www.etsy.com/shop/StoneTriggerPress