Sunday, February 18, 2018

learning printing

i've made lots of flax paper this winter.
one mould,
custom made by britt quinlin the paperwright for a zone 4
and brush gallery project,
makes a dry sheet of about 10 x 24 inches.
the mould is unweildy and tricksy to use.
but i like it. 
working with the expert guidance of melissa schulenburg
i made some collagraphs 
about weave.
my living room furniture as drying rack. 
there was no way i could abandon these to the drying rack 
in the studio for five days,
they're too new and special for me.
and living with them helps me figure out the next steps.
dog kennels re-purposed.
 my living room includes two,
for the visiting setters,
gwen, who has made a happy comeback from her bad spell, 
and tess the princess birddog.
i opened up my sketchbook
looking for pulp stories
 and found this
from two winters ago.
a pulp herbal.
shanna's covered rock holding the page.
at school
the freshman group made 
super mokuhanga self portraits,
here are some of them.
and a warwick press surprise
i found in my mailbox.
a reflection on the times,
a poem, and this lovely, lovely landscape.
it feels like almost nothing in my hands,
so light and airy.
it's been a good week.

7 comments:

Mo Crow said...

such beautiful pages!

Velma Bolyard said...

mo, thanks.
barb, the colors are pretty quiet, but next time there may be some dancing.

one small stitch said...

hope there is another good week in the works. The paper looks great, love the soft colour.

Velma Bolyard said...

thanks, jean, i'm super happy.

Felicity said...

oh, they're so beautiful!! I love those colours so much.

Liz A said...

I came by after posting on Deb Sposa's Artisun blog to say how much I appreciate your papermaking ... and your sharing of it here.

And I think always we are learning ... especially when teaching

Velma Bolyard said...

liz, so kind of you to let me know, and yes, teaching, good teaching, is reciprocal

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