Come Fly with Me

I’ve never been in a hot air balloon, but I’ve always wanted to.  I’ve been seeing a lot of images of them popping up on Pinterest lately, and I was inspired to do a much larger linocut than I have been wont to do.  Like all my linocuts, I drew many iterations in ink–my lovely fine point Bic Grip Stick Roller Ball pen holding up nicely.  Not only did I draw this hot air balloon many times with the one pen, I also drew several iterations of my “Relics of Our Existence” series with the same pen.  Needless to say, I’m a little bit infatuated with the pen.  It just draws so smoothly and lasts so long.  It didn’t start running out until the last version of gondola.  But that’s okay; I have another one.

Enough pen love, here’s the drawing:

Come Fly with Me

I drew this in a style that would be easy-ish to carve out of linoleum, but after spending 18 hours carving the fern frond, I hesitate to tackle this in linoleum–one little slip of the blade and the whole thing could be ruined.  I could splurge and go for a polymer plate, but the lines would need a lot of cleaning and my graphics skills on the computer are not great.  But it’s a pretty drawing for the time being.

P.S. Don’t draw while watching a movie about two people dying from cancer–tears make ink bleed:

All that work to draw this, and one little tear messed it up. I guess that's what Photoshop is for.

About sappling

When God created the world, he did it in six days and rested on the seventh. I always wished there was just one more day in the week, an eighth day just for me to pursue the thoughts in my head and translate them to the physical world. There are only seven days, however, so I steal my creative moments in between being a mom and my work binding books and making boxes for clients all over New York City. I love working with my hands, learning new things, and I'm here to share those lessons with you. There are only seven days in a week. Why not eight? Guess I'll ask when I get there.
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