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Giclees on Wood

Saturday, September 10th, 2011

Giclees on wood

I started making these back in 2007 for my space at the Ten Women Gallery. The wood block pieces sold really well but they are tedious to make, and I as a typical artist want to do the creative stuff. Reality dictates that I need to start making these again.

I begin with a smooth knot free block of plywood, about a quarter of an inch high. I have the blocks made by someone else becuase there are some these I have no talent for and wood work is one of them, not that the wood blocks are all that difficult but they do require precision. The back is slotted for easy hanging.

The acid free giclee is trimmed to size. I use a ruler and exacto knife, the trim has to be exactly aligned with the edges or the print will not look right on the wood block. The wood block is then painted with “Perfect paper adhesive”, one of the finest glues available. I choose it over mod podge because it is not sticky and paper will not curl up. After the print is adhered I set it under a stack of heavy books so that it drys perfectly flat. I allow it to dry for at least two hours. Then I either paint the sides with acrylic or a color stain or a designer ink. This is tricky because one slip of the hand and there is paint on the surface of the print, not good! I don’t paint the sides ahead of time because I want the edges of the paper to be painted as it has a more finished look. Finally, the giclee has an enhanced matte surface to which I apply a uv resistant gloss lacquer which I love!

Some artists use mod podge but its very thick and has a stickyness I don’t care for. I buy the lacquer, “print shield” from digital art supply which is a great place for all things prints and printers. When dry the wood block is ready to hang and mimics an original painting but is far more affordable.

These two wood blocks are available in my etsy shop

From one of my most recent paintings: “Branching Out” Sometimes branching out may mean pulling up roots which can be both exciting and a dilemma. Its a feeling I am currently experiencing as we are going through escrow.

And this one from one of my favorite paintings “A Fish Out of Water”. Have you ever been at odds with what you are doing or where you are at. Since I am a risk taker its a feeling I have experienced often in the past especially, (now that I am older I know myself a bit better), the painting implies embracing that feeling, after all, most situations do change or get better with time. Embracing the feeling is embracing the self to transcend the moment, to accept what is without resistance. Bet you didn’t know all of that was being conveyed!

This wood block is only three inches wide because the actual painting is very long and narrow.

Treasure Hunt, First Friday, Art of the Sole

Monday, August 30th, 2010

In conjunction with the Art of the Sole exhibit on FIrst Friday, the Ten Women Gallery will be having a treasure hunt.

Members will be placing about fifteen boxes slightly hidden along Abott Kinney Blvd. Find one of the boxes and redeem it for a free gift

check out Abott Kinney online to see what other business will be doing for First Friday

The Art of The Sole

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

I have been helping my colleague, Mavis Leahy with a window exhibit she is planning for the Sept window at the Ten Women Gallery. I invited a handful of people to participate including my friend Maripat Doyle Oberg. I like what she did with her shoe. She writes:

What are YOU most afraid of? When we allow fear to take over our life we careen out of control, suffering immensely and causing others pain we become “FEAR DRIVEN”, out of control, taken in the direction of more pain and destruction. (Note the “car” has no steering wheel) It can be very difficult to control our direction when we allow fear to take over.

This is my submission that I’m sending to 10 Women Gallery in Venice CA for Art Of The Sole: Shoes guest artists display. The shoe was altered with wire mesh, celluclay, paint. The wheels are furniture glides. The doll is made from fabric that was printed with phobias, objects of fear, concepts and behaviors that result from our fear or cause fear in others.

Fear Driven: Doll in shoe, side view

gypsy sole

Friday, May 21st, 2010

I had a great day at work today, a couple of the other gallery members came in for a visit, was fun. I wore my sandals that remind me of a gypsy and Cola loved them

Gypsy sandals

She said her toe nails matched better 😀

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My iphone pics turn out really blurry 🙁 its tricky to not move the phone when snapping the photo.

First Friday and Treasure HUnt

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

Tomorrow is “First Friday” on Abott Kinney Blvd in Venice Calif and all business on the blvd will be staying open late. At the Ten Women Gallery we will be having a Treasure Hunt starting at 6:00p.m. Look all up and down the mid section of Abott Kinney for boxes with free gifts to be redeemed at the gallery, Valued from 3.00 to 85.00.

treasure hunt