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Linocut printed on 4″ x 6″ hemp paper card. Purple ink and glitter.

I made linocut holiday cards this year and am so pleased with how they turned out.  The design is inspired by Prince so I printed with purple ink.  While the ink was still wet my wife carefully applied superfine glitter to the Prince nutcracker in the center.  It’s not Christmas without glitter!

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Ooooh! Prince is sparkly.

Prince fans will understand the reference in “Let’s Get Nuts”, but if you’re rusty with 1980’s pop music lyrics I will help you out.  The lyric is from 1984’s “Let’s Go Crazy.”

Prince: “Let’s Go Crazy”

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Carved linoleum block, test prints, and glass baren.

I printed the cards by hand with a glass baren from Iron Frog Press.  Their Print Frogs, as they are called, are a joy to print with and well worth the price if hand printing is your thing.  The glass baren is a work of art in itself.

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“Print Frog”, a glass baren from Iron Frog Press

Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year!

 

 

I am pleased to announce the Siver Black online store is open!  Above are my first two print offerings: “Homage to JCV” and “Homage to JCV 2”.  The black ink print is a limited edition of 47, the color print an edition of 12.  These are hand-pulled by me in my studio, not made by machines.

The shop only has US shipping listed.  Message me for international shipping prices.

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“Homage to J.C.V.”  Woodcut relief print, 12″ x 18″

I completed this woodcut about two weeks ago as a birthday gift for my mom.  The motif is based on a design her grandfather created.  Juan Cleo Valenzuela was a skilled leather crafter and saddle maker in California.
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Closeup of Woodcut In Progress

I am currently working on a design for a bookplate.  The cutting is nearly complete; all that remains is the name at the bottom.  The text must be carved in reverse because it prints as a mirror image.  After carving is complete I can ink it up and print it.

 

featured_rockin_rollin_printsThe steamroller printmaking event, Rockin’ Rollin’ Prints 2017, was this past Sunday.  It was held at Saint Arnold Brewery in Houston, and is an annual event put on by Print Matters Houston.  This was the first time I have participated in an event like this.  I am completely hooked.  Read on to hear about my experience as a volunteer, about my print, and for pictures. Read More

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