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The production line for art of the note. Much better. My new ink arrived with my screens and bulbs, so I swapped out the color to the same color of the bike that inspired the image. I'll also be printing these on a different color paper with different ink, so I need to clean the screen and finish the batch. I am so much happier with how these turned out. The other one had charm, but it just didn't sit right. This is what I was after.
When I'm all done, I'll post a project wrap up with the inspiration source and the final set. As always, I've really enjoyed the creative process that goes into these swaps. I learn something new every time.
Gunnar and I were taking turns on the gocco this weekend so I could finish my mid-winter gocco swap project. Does anyone get these things done early? Erin? Tracy, I know you didn't this time, but usually? I spent nearly a month trying to figure out what to do and ended up rejecting the first idea for this one (I still like the first idea, and will try it later). It felt like time was slipping away from me. When I took that photo of the little bird in my banner, I fell in love with him in the bare branches. Not much says "winter" in Phoenix, but this little guy sitting there seeming to be wishing for spring to come, said it to me. I wasn't going to be able to effectively reproduce all of the bird's details on the gocco print, since my drawing skills aren't the best ever and I'm still new at this whole gocco thing. The essence of that bird in the branches with the stark blue sky behind him was what I was after.
G commandeered all of the blue card stock for his project, and I had purchased sheets of canvas at Dick Blick when we were in Las Vegas, so the bird became a teal blue silhouette against the branches and a white sky. I used the same process that Gunnar used in making my original image, but I made 2 of them - one of the branches and an outline of the bird and one of the bird only, colored in fully. 2 master screens were burned, and I practiced on paper to line up the images and figure out which color went on first. The final images were printed on canvas and on some heavy sketch paper.
The canvas print has a rustic textured quality to it that I love, but some of the crispness of the image is given up for that woodblock-y look. My favorite part was watching the branches evolve as I used up the ink and finally figured out the correct amount to keep on there for seeing detail, but not fading away. Oh, and the ink takes forever to dry on canvas. 10 hours between passes. Not a last minute medium.
All in all, a successful gocco weekend.
We had a very inky day yesterday. With some deadlines looming for Valentine's day (and the Valentine exchange) as well as the mid-winter gocco swap, Gunnar and I had work to do. First up was Gunnar's project. On Saturday, he completed his design. He went into the photo archives for inspiration and chose this photo from our last trip to the zoo.
In Photoshop, he turned it into this
We printed the image at 3.5x5" and he put in on the lightbox, tracing the elements that he wanted to use. Then he chose light blue cardstock for his paper and brown ink. Here's the final result.
I am so proud of the work he put into his artwork and of the result. He's pretty pleased too.
Tomorrow, I'll show off my work. Right now I have to package them up and send them on their merry way. Prepare for way too much print gocco this week, since my swap images should start arriving in the mail soon. One has already arrived and I love it. Hooray!
It's 3PM on Sunday and we're all still sitting here in our pjs. Today is one of those lazy but busy family days - playing Jenga and Skip-Bo, creating Polly Pocket villages, drinking homemade smoothies, baking cardamom bread. Most importantly, we finally finished Annika's elephant.
Peanut decided to take over Annika's trike but was frustrated that she couldn't reach the pedals. So she decided to show Moomo who was boss instead. She saw Erin's elephants and knew what she had to do.
As a follow-up to Friday's post. Annika and I had a great day and she seems fired up for school tomorrow, so the fingers are crossed. Meanwhile, we're all ready for Valentine's Day thanks to the trusty print gocco.
Here's to a good week of school!
That was a busy weekend. Holiday parties, sleepovers, photo shoots, studying for finals,
destroying the house engaging in creative play, cooking up a storm. You name it, we probably covered it. We got some fun crafting activities in this weekend too.
As a reward for the end of the Tote Bag Project, we broke out the new-to-us print gocco and made the first set of Christmas cards. Here is Gunnar's design. I told him to keep it simple for the first try, and so he did.
Annika has a very elaborate design that we're trying to pare down for the rest of the cards. That print gocco machine is very addictive. The flash! The pretty paint colors! The truly perfect images it presses out, card after card. I'm in love.
This afternoon, instead of doing the things I should have been doing, like tackling my list of Christmas presents, I cut out and sewed a dress for Annika.
I'm telling myself that she was too busy in her own world to really notice that I made it (and tried it on her) so I can still wrap it up as a Christmas present and she'll never know the difference. Right? Humor me. It's another dress from Girly Style Wardrobe. In the book, it's the purple one with the boots. And while I love that look, it would only work in Phoenix for about 3 days a year. I'm pleased with how it turned out - the collar treatments in that book always throw me for a loop, so I end up winging them. Something about the diagrams just don't translate for me, but it all works out in the end.
This week I'm moving on to gifts for people who read this blog, so I'll find other things to post pictures of in an effort to keep them a surprise. Two more weeks! Time to get in gear.