I'm deep into collograph at the moment. It's a printmaking technique in which you make a simple plate -- often from random garbage around your house -- ink it up and print it. There is a very clear and straightforward blog post HERE that explains the process in photos. This is the plate I made... ...and here are some of my prints. I tried several different paints/inks but experienced a lot of paper tearing, as you can see in the photos. I was using supplies I happened to have on hand -- always a good idea when you're first testing... Read more →

I've been having a lot of fun revisiting watercolor monoprints. I've been doing some experimenting with different kinds of watersoluble media. I'm not sure you can see the differences in these prints, but they're there! I'm currently developing a "printmaking at home" class for mid-2022 and I'm excited about it. In the meantime, here's a segment I did for Make It Artsy that explains the watercolor monotype technique: And here's a fun technique variation that uses Saran Wrap: I love a low tech solution! If you'd like to grab one of these eye watercolor monoprints, they're $25 each. Free shipping... Read more →

"A Year of Gelatin Printing" is still going strong. November's topic is resist printing and we are covering myriad methods -- going way beyond the basics, as usual. Check it out: This is the book that we're making from our prints (I made it in two different sizes and styles): If you're interested in joining the class, here are a few things to know: The cost of the class is $45 and you get lifetime access. You must have taken the pre-requisite class, "Simple Acrylic Paint Monoprints" to take this class. Yes, even if you're a professional gelatin printer with... Read more →

I'm part of an affinity group within the Cambridge Art Association. We decided to do a postcard swap with a twist. Instead of sending each other finished postcards, we're mailing half-finished postcards that the recipient can finish. Here are the postcards that I'm putting in the mail: I used my new Art Foamies foam stamps, did some image transfers, did some drawing and collaging, and just generally had fun making these little guys. I'm currently working on a Studio Vlog for Maker & Super Learner Members all about the making of these postcards as well as sharing what I get... Read more →

Happy Monday! I wanted to share the three demo projects I did during Friday night's #PrintInktober class. The topic was printing on fabric (you can watch the replay now in the online classroom). We covered 4 different fabric mediums for printing and used all kinds of stamps -- hand carved, commercial rubber stamps, silicone stamps, and foam stamps (handmade and commercial). We printed on light fabric, dark fabric, and a t-shirt. Take a peek: Printing on fabric is one of my favorite things to do. It has a lot of impact and printed t-shirts, aprons, and tote bags make fabulous... Read more →

We are about a week into #Printinktober 2021! I wanted to share what I've been making with you -- most of these are short fun videos. (These videos and images are embedded from instagram. If you are reading this on email and can't see them, click HERE.) I have also been posting some short videos to my Facebook page. You can see a #PrintInktober one HERE. Finally, here are some of the prints from the first #PrintInktober class, all about making patterns with your existing stamps: You can watch the lesson right now in the online classroom. The second #Printinktober... Read more →

This is a post that I have been meaning to write for a long time and I finally sat down and filmed the tutorial for you. Yay! These are pouches made from laminating sheets. The stamping goes on the inside of the laminating pouch so that it doesn't chip or rub off. This is a super fun and easy project. You can watch the short (4 min) video for the full tutorial: LINKS: laminating sheets laminator Art Foamies A Year of Gelatin Printing Plastic Snap kit Here are some supply substitutions that you might find useful: No laminator: I think... Read more →

As you may know, I decided that my #PrintInktober goal is to make hand printed papers that I can use to make Christmas cards. I thought I would show you how much you can do with one sheet of paper. I followed the pattern building principles I taught in lesson one of the #PrintInktober class to create this bold pattern: And here are the six cards I made with that one sheet of hand patterned paper: The original print was 8.5x11" and the cards are all 5x7." I actually was amazed by how far that single sheet went. I originally... Read more →

I'm so excited! Just one more day until #PrintInktober -- the annual daily challenge to get your stamps out of storage and into play -- begins! As a reminder, the challenge is free and open to everyone. If you want a bit of extra direction and some helpful instruction, join me for the #PrintInktober class. It's priced at $45 -- way below most of my other classes. It's a steal! :) Speaking of theft, I stole some tips from the #PrintInktober online classroom to share with you today. These are a few ways that you can plan ahead for the... Read more →