Saturday, August 22, 2015

Just My Type -- Polymer Clay Lettering

Just completed a personal lettering piece in polymer clay... Just My Type. I'm going to keep experimenting with this! Having some fun. Happy weekend, all!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Clay Sculpted Alphabet

 Well, hello! I'm beginning a 26-part series: a polymer clay sculpted alphabet. I'd like to work on more clay lettering these days, and thought this would be a great way to get a little practice in. Here are the first four--fun so far!

Monday, February 2, 2015

Recently did some commissioned linocut pet portraits for a fabulous repeat client! These were a lot of fun.

...and I love when clients send photos of the art all framed and displayed together! (Along with my chalkboard Hugo from last year.)

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Linocut Tuturial! {featuring Ruby}

Hey blog people! I've recently been getting lots of questions about my linocut / block print process. During one of my most recent printing projects I took a bunch of photos to share.... hope this helps to spark some block-printing creativity out there!

Here are the materials I use for block printing. Carving tools (I have small, medium-V and large-U gauges) brayers, and inks. Although there are some really nice high-end inks out there for printing, I'm pretty happy with water-soluable Speedball inks. Their clear ink extender is also great for helping thin down the inks for smoother printing.

This is my starting point: the sketch I drew of Ruby, ready to move on to become a linocut!

...I then traced over that drawing on tracing paper. I find that transferring my sketch to the block is much easier from tracing paper rather than sketchbook paper.

The traced sketch is placed over my block (I call it a block, but it's actually Speedy-Carve material from Speedball-- similar to a rubber stamp.) Once I've got it positioned just where I want it, I take the end of a (capped!) Sharpie or pen and rub the drawing to transfer the graphite to the block.

Here's how the transfer looks.

Start carving! I usually begin with the smallest details first, then work my way into larger areas with a larger gauge carving tool. This will only be a one-color print, so whatever I'm carving away will be the color of the paper, and what is left behind will be inked in black.

Carving out the feet!

Here's the block after I'm finished carving. Carving out lettering in reverse always feels strange, but I just have to trust those guidelines!

Inking up the block with a brayer! Ink up the block as evenly as possible and carefully lay down a piece of paper on top.

I print my linocuts at home (without the use of a letterpress), so a good way to get an even amount of pressure over the entire block is to rub the back of your paper with a spoon & a little elbow grease.

Lifting up my first print!

Here's the initial print of this Ruby block (AKA: the Artist's Proof.) From this point, I can now see areas in the block I'd like to carve out a little further.

Once I have a print that I'm happy with and it's dry (the water-based inks I use take about 20 minutes to dry under a warm lamp... oil-based inks can take days.) I like to add some color details with acrylic paint or paint markers.

(I referenced this photo often for Ruby's color details.)

Here's my final Ruby portrait! There's only going to be this one printed portrait out in the world, so I simply signed and dated it-- no edition # required.

I hope this helps some block printers out there.
Happy printing!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

New Year, New Website

Hey everyone! It's been a little while since I've posted....but I'd like to change that! Here's something for starters: I've recently updated my website. Take a look at what I've been up to! goal is to show you some new work here on the ol' blog at least once a week. Thanks ;~)

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

My Uni Posca Marker chalkboard!

Hey all... another marker update! I was commissioned to create a promotional board for my favorite paint markers--Uni Posca-- for a trade show in St.Paul.

Here's my final board! It's a little larger than 2' by 3'.

(I'd like to design a surfboard in marker art one day...)

My take on the Posca logo.

For more of my chalkboard & marker work, check out my Facebook art page: Paula P's Sign Studio Page
...and here's where I buy my Posca's:
Love these marker people!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Sign Art Update!

Well, hello! It's been too long. I've been working on a bunch of commissions, in a new medium for me... spray paint and paint marker.   ...I have a few pet portraits in this style that I can't wait to share. too!