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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Martha Pulls A Print

Several weeks ago I had the pleasure of teaching
a 2 day course in basic screen printing.

The best thing about this class was my student, Martha.
Artist, teacher, former screen printing company owner.

Martha, why am I teaching YOU? I asked.
Turns out she wanted to see its viability in the classroom.
But I think she was mostly just having a lot of fun.
And so was I.

We covered the cut stencil, painting directly on the screen
and photo emulsion methods of screen prep.
(Martha works quickly.)

Martha also brought in an old beautiful screen
which already had an image from the former company.

We printed on paper and fabric. 
Nary a wrong pull. 

Unfortunately I took no pictures until the end.
So, all these cool things I just talked about are not documented.
I did, however, catch the end, which I share below.

Martha positioning paper under the screen.

Getting ready to pull the print.


Pulling the print.

Checking it out.

And there you go!

Thanks Martha! A most excellent time!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Classes and Workshops

I will now be offering my class and workshop schedules
on the Classes and Workshops page of my website

Saturday, July 12, 2014

In The Studio

Working on a new collage.

This will be a long horizontal collage with a gelatin print foundation.
Looking forward to the end result.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Art is not for sissies!

A grueling day today!

I moved out of Studio 8 this week.
That means that I had to find space in Fish Head Press
for all that stuff!

Art Walk is tomorrow!

Too much to do, it seemed. 
But it's amazing what one can do with
the eye on the ball and the nose to the grindstone.


Would you like a tour?

Here I go, filling the back hall with the stuff.

(Notice the popcorn machine in the background.
There will be popcorn at Art Walk!!)

A pile-up on the drawing table.
On a tip from my friend Skip,
I opened up the wall to reveal window access.
A simple thing, but amazing how it
makes things well, not really larger, but
lets say different. In a good way.

Ugh, the plywood. No time to paint before Art Walk.
Instead of pinched for time we'll call that eccentric.

Hanging the purple wall.
Some things never change.

Notice my finished sign?

Ok. Time to take a break from THAT.

Off to screen print the shirts for tomorrow.

Art is not for sissies! 
It really isn't!!

10 dallar.
Get em while they last!
White for the ladies & ash for the guys.

And the blade drop.

Ok. Now we're cooking. Finished wall.

Inside, Lee Whitridge's work hangs and looks beautiful, 
really dressing up the wall. 


The finished (a relative term) studio.
Fish Head Press

Well, a few pieces of pvc pipe
and a chunk of plywood to put away.

A few details.

And last, a note on how everything in Fish Head Press is made.

So, come to Art Walk this Wednesday.
(7-9-14 from 5 to 8pm)

Fish Head Press is located in The Studios Back Under (in The Underground)
at the Orange Avenue Studios in Downtown Fort Pierce.

While you're there check out the Emerging Artist exhibit,
opening in Art Mundo's Underground Gallery.

Whoops, I've slipped into Wednesday.  See you later today!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

A Crash Course In Printmaking

Recently I offered a printmaking class in my Vero Beach studio.
I was pleased when a mother/daughter pair signed up.
Always like it when creativity is a family affair.
And even better this one, as the daughter was in her teens.  

Nice! Young artists dabbling in printmaking.

So we started out with gelatin prints to get the flow going.
The results were amazing. Great first time prints!

I particularly love this photo because it shows the original print above 
and the resulting ghost image printed below. 

We then moved on to block printing.

Here the design is being transferred to be block via tracing paper.
The design thumbnails can be seen in the upper right corner. 
the final pencil drawn design is above the block to the left.

Cutting the design. A proof can be seen on the table above the block.
This proof was pulled to get a glimpse of how the design was evolving 
and to make adjustments.

More proofing and cutting.

Then printing!

Inking the brayer.

The big reveal! Love this! 

And next, fun with color! Trying a  blend.


And the result!

Nice mid-century drying rack!!

From there we tackled a brief encounter with screen printing.

A great week with good creative flow. 
Perhaps too ambitious for five days.
I mean, really!! 
Five days in any one of these printing techniques
would still leave much more to learn.

But these gals were the perfect candidates.
They took it all in stride, met every challenge
and came up with amazing results!

Kudos to you both!
And thank you for a most excellent week!

If you are interested in your own printmaking experience please contact me at Ginny Piech Street.