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.
The King of the Cats – 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.
4″ x 6″ linocut on 8″ x 10″ Paper
If you read this far I am going to admit something mildly embarrassing. I read my horoscope, in fact I subscribe to one by Susan Blair-Hunt, I have admitted this before, I started last summer, but I still feel a little sheepish. But can something so seemingly innocuous as a horoscope change one’s life? Here is the short version of that story.
Susan’s Monday edition of her daily horoscope gives you an a spirit animal, a color and a number. I had no experience with these, but I liked the weekly animal. Beginning in July 2014, I made it my Monday practice to carve and print my animal of the week, I am a Libra. I collages many of those animals into drawings which were exhibited at the Gallery at Pioneer Bluff in Kansas. Here are 6 of those drawings:
I continue to carve my spirit animal of the week, along with all kinds of other animals, birds and fish during the week. The habit of printing and carving on Mondays, spilled over into every day of the week and I created a small business of selling the prints. This week my animal is the Lion. The edition of 10 is currently on Etsy and available until the 10 sell out. If you want to see more of the 11″ x 14″ watercolor collage drawings you can click here:
Having this weekend off was great for spending a very long day carving. I carved my first t-shirt block, a wolf. I tested the block out on two of my own shirts and they printed great!
I placed an order with a t-shirt supplier for women’s 100% preshrunk ringspun cotton, tri-blend crew neck short sleeves shirts in four different colors. They will be here on Friday for this weeks printing. I will send out a few free samples to get your opinion on the feel of the shirt, the washability of the print. Last summer I printed a shirt last in the same manner and it is just as strong now was it was then, and it stays soft.
I am planning on having shirts available in in two weeks, with at least two different images. I will also take orders for different color shirts, short or long sleeve, men’s or women’s cut. I also got a suggestion for a summer dress. There are just so many options.
This is a fun learning process getting this all down. In the meantime I am finishing up carving today’s print. It will be out at 8pm EST.
Feral Kitty, AKA Kitty with a beard, AKA Killer Kitty
This is a kitten with serious attitude, “Feral Kitty”, aka “Kitty with a beard”, aka “Killer Kitty” is the 17th print in a series of 30. I will donate 40% of all Feral Kitty sales to the San Francisco SPCA, Community Cat Program. where my good friend, Audra, is a pro in the trap-neuter-return program. Keeping cats safe, happy and healthy. This is one determined kitten, but if not spayed or neutered, it can turn into a whole table, or pile, or litter of kittens:
Table of feral kittens
Wow look at all those kittens. So give the SF SPCA and Feral Kitty some love. Now available on Etsy.
Feral Kitty, AKA Kitty with a beard, AKA Killer Kitty
Ladybug fun facts:
1. Ladybug larvae resemble tiny alligators.
2. Ladybugs bleed from their knees when threatened,
3. A ladybug’s bright colors warn predators to stay away?
Weird isn’t it? Well not the bright color warning.
Ladybug linocut print
But these cute and bright ladybugs will not scare anyone away.
January Project of 30 prints in 30 days, each one for $20. Ladybug is now available on my Etsy store.
Each image is 4″ x 6″ printed onto 8″ x 10″ Rived BFK paper in an edition of 10.
Table of ladybugs
Today’s bonus print also on Etsy is a 4″ x 6″ image of a red peacock, printed onto 6″ x 10″ paper. Here is a photo of them drying where I just happen to catch my shadow on the stone studio wall.
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.”
In less than one hour, 8pm EST, 6pm Mountain Time, something blue and sparkly, the first print of the year and the first of the 30 prints in 30 days, will emerge from the snowy headquarters of StoneTrigger Press. Stay tuned, it is a fun one
What is 30 prints in 30 days? Simply it is a challenge for me and an offer to you.
My Challenge: Make one new linoleum block print every single day in the month of January. Draw, carve and hand print up to 10 impressions of a 4″ x 6″ block onto 8″ x 10″ paper. Every single day.
Your offer: I often make room size installations, 6 foot drawings, or complex collages that are either too big, too expensive or just not quite right for some collectors. This is no risk, for the cost of a couple beers you can buy an original hand pulled print, just $20.
Why so inexpensive? This is a launch of a new business model, one where I make like crazy, small works for small budgets. I only make 10 impression of each block, so they are rare but I make 300 prints using 30 different blocks over the course of the month, one block a day.
How does it work? Each day at 8pm EST beginning January 1, 2015 (if I can get my schedule right) I will announce the new print. Only 10 will be available, and there will be a link to Etsy. The first 10 to buy the print gets its and no more of that block will be made. I will mail your print to you within 3 business days.