Category Archives: Visual Arts

Collagraph

I made my first print ever last week (oops! last year–never published this post!)–it was a collagraph, which is where you take whatever you feel like and glue it to a substrate and run it through a printing press. I … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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DIY Mini Pen Tutorial

I carry a pen with me wherever I go, and because I hate rummaging in my ever-deepening purse for a pen, I prefer to keep one in my pocket. This is great until you sit down and get stabbed in … Continue reading

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Hand of the Sower

One of my favorite stories from the Bible is the Parable of the Sower. The variables in the parable have always fascinated me: the soil, the rocks, the birds, the thorns, the seed. But recently what has been on my … Continue reading

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Beehive II

I gave up on linoleum for this–it just wouldn’t cooperate–I used a Staedtler Mastercarve block instead, which indeed does “cut like butter,” and my Speedball Linoleum Cutter Assortment.  You could also use Speedball Speedy-Carve Block, which I’ve used on other … Continue reading

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Beehive Linocut

I’m working on an artist book on the current plight of bees, and I wanted a linocut of a decaying beehive for the cover. I did this sketch, starting in the lower left corner, but I didn’t like the lines … Continue reading

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Peacock Linocut

Growing up on a small farm, the meowing from the muster of peacocks down the road might have been annoying or even downright creepy. But it never bothered me, and now I think about it with nostalgia. I wanted to … Continue reading

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Photo Lightboxes and Object Photos

So I know that when you’re taking pictures of small objects, you really should use a lightbox to diffuse the light, but I thought it was just fine taking pictures on a large white piece of butcher paper.  I did … Continue reading

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Sinister Man

I wanted to draw something that wasn’t happy, so I drew a hideous picture. But the idea I had in my head was still compelling that I tried again, and this time I came up with this: The first attempt … Continue reading

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Paint.net Experiment

I love my daughter, I love taking pictures, I love Paint.net, I love film strips, and I love grunge, thus I mixed them all together to produce this:  

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