I am a procrastinator. I am really good at it. I don’t want to be that anymore.
On April 23rd I am participating in a steamroller printmaking event. Artists carve an image or design into a 3′ x 5′ sheet of MDF or plywood and then a print is made by inking it, laying paper on it, and then driving over it with a steamroller. Here’s a video for the curious. I almost procrastinated right out of it.
I’ve known about this event for 2 months and I finally bought my MDF last week, committed to a design and started carving this past Saturday. I nearly didn’t give myself enough time to do it. But that’s enough self-deprecation. The photo above is one of the chalkboards in my studio. “Sayin’ ain’t doin'” is a phrase my cousin often says- it’s a quote from Rumblefish. I’m using it for inspiration and motivation. Quit talking about it and do it. The little hash marks on the right are how many hours I carved over the weekend. Looking ahead I’m planning to put in 2 hours carving each weekday and 4-5 each weekend day. That sure sounds like a lot of time but I’m still a noob at this. I have only done a handful of woodcuts previously and this thing is 15 times bigger! Anyway, I’m confident that will be more than enough to complete this block and be ready for a super fun day of printing.
I’m not ready to show you what I have so far, but here is a teaser
If you are in the Houston area and are interested the event is April 23rd from 10am to 5pm at Saint Arnold brewery. So guess what! There will be beer. About 50 artists will be printing and the prints are hung in the beer hall for viewing. Art, beer, food, live music. Yeah, it’s going to be a good time.
Here’s the link for the official event page: Rockin’ Rollin’ Prints 2017