Thursday, March 19, 2009

Recent Acquisitions

I purchased this lovely print by benconservato recently & received it this week. I absolutely love it!

The original drawing, choice of book page to print on, colouring & use of the woodgrain in the woodblock are just exquisite! It was also packed extremely well & the artist is a pleasure to deal with; I'll certainly be back for more of her work.

My other recent purchase is these two lovely tiny sculptures from PearsonMaron via the Oz Bushfire Appeal Etsy store, which I've been coveting for quite a while, so it was great to be able to acquire them & donate to a worthy cause simultaneously! They're both no more than a couple of inches tall & just make me smile every time I look at them.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Hand Print Presses

I really want to get a printing press of some description to save my poor wrists from rubbing every print. Unfortunately they seem to be priced squarely at the 'already successful artist' market here in Australia & postage costs from overseas make that unviable.

I have found one awesome site with plans & instructions for making your own available via DVD, paper copy or PDF download. Another site with instructions for a screw type press started me thinking about this antique book press that I already own. I'm going to give it a try with plywood & cork layers rather than just cork, as I've tried before with mixed results.