As you know, I've put together a 4-part series on some of my favorite art supplies, divided by discipline: Art Supplies for Painters Art Supplies for Printmakers Art Supplies for Art Journalers Art Supplies for Collage Artists Today I'm excited to share #2 on the list: my favorite art supplies for printmakers! I will always be a gelatin plate fanatic. Gelatin printing is immediately fun for beginners and so deep and complex that it can keep advanced printmakers hooked for years. You can make super fun accidental prints, but with a little know how, you can make glorious purposeful prints.... Read more →

Today I'm sharing my current 2023 favorite stamp carving tools. If you have any supply questions, feel free to ask! Here's the list: Speedy Carve Plastic Photo Boxes Self Healing Cutting Mat or Glass Mat Clear Grid Ruler Clear Grid Ruler with a Metal Edge Speedball Linoleum Cutter Kit Flexcut Mini Palm Tools Permapaque Dual Tipped Markers Bone Folder Box Cutter Clear Stamp Blocks Carve December Work Book class Archival Ink Pads VersaFine Clair Ink Pads I hope you'll join in on the fun! Thanks for stopping by! Read more →

It's time to prepare for #CarveDecember2023! Here are the official prompts: What is #CarveDecember? It's a free-open-to-everyone online challenge to carve a stamp every day in December and post it online. Why would I do this? Here are a few reasons: Skill Development: Daily practice in stamp carving throughout the month can significantly enhance your skills. You'll have the opportunity to experiment with different carving techniques and develop your expertise. Creativity Boost: The daily requirement encourages you to think creatively and push your boundaries. When you have to come up with a new piece every day, you're more likely to... Read more →

October's #PrintInktober2023 manifesto was to see how many different ways I could use the Bauhaus Set I designed for Art Foamies. I had a lot of fun over the month and learned a few things along the way, but more on that later. Here are days 23-31: All of these original one-of-a-kind artworks on paper are for sale. So if you want one, send me an email letting me know which one and I'll get it matted and in the mail to you. For Day 31, I printed directly on a t-shirt for my three-year-old: If you want to see... Read more →

I have finally found the words for what I'm doing this month: improvisational printmaking. In case you don't know, this month's #PrintInktober2023 manifesto is to see how many different ways I can use the Bauhaus Set I designed for Art Foamies. Normally, printmaking involves a lot of planning and set up. But these prints I'm making are built layer-by-layer without envisioning a final outcome. Instead, I'm very much in the moment, making decisions as the print develops. Usually I come to the table with a single idea such as: use triangles. And then I respond to the piece as it... Read more →

My current #PrintInktober project is to use my Art Foamies Bauhaus Set... ...for all 31 of my prints. I've set some parameters for myself, such as: I don't have to use all the Bauhaus stamps in every print. I can use other stamps/stencils in the prints. I will use 9x12 paper for all the prints. I will use acrylic paint for all of the prints. I will put all of the prints up for sale. I'm not using any prompts for my prints. I will share a process video for every single print on instagram. Here are days 9-15: Something... Read more →

My current #PrintInktober project is a riff on my unfinished 2020 #PrintInktober project. Back in 2020, I wanted to use the same set of hand carved stamps for all 31 of my prints. So this year, I'm trying it again (going to finish this time!), but with my Art Foamies Bauhaus Set... the stamps I'm using. Here are my first eight prints: A few notes: You can see that I allowed some additional stamps (and one stencil) to enter into the prints. Each of the original one-of-a-kind prints I make this month is available for purchase! $65 (free shipping... Read more →

What's a monotype and what's a monoprint? And why does it matter? In essentials, a monoprint is repeatable -- for example, a stenciled design, as in these examples: Or a block printed design, even in multiple colors. There's a matrix that you can use to repeat the design, even with small variations, like color. You will often find monoprints as part of a numbered series, as in these watercolor monoprints I made a few years ago: They were a limited series, because only a certain number of prints could be pulled from the plate before it disappeared, but still a... Read more →

As you might have guessed from the title of this post, I have brand new Art Foamies I designed to share with you -- just in time for PrintInktober! Yay! There are SEVEN new designs/sets to choose from. Many of the designs come in two sizes. Watch the video for more: And here are the stamps from the video: In case you don't know, Art Foamies are high quality foam stamps made by artists for artists. I use them with both paint and ink. They take a beating and keep on making great prints. You can see them in action... Read more →

This is an 18x24 monotype collage I titled "Boy Colors." It's part of my ongoing series of work exploring my experience of motherhood. Like many mothers, I am mired in the complicated push and pull between what I feel I ought to do as a mother vs. what I am doing. Glennon Doyle has a great bit about motherhood and martyrdom in her book, Untamed: “Mothers have martyred themselves in their children’s names since the beginning of time. We have lived as if she who disappears the most, loves the most. We have been conditioned to prove our love by... Read more →