Last weekend's Soft Block Printing workshop made the news! Sean Scully from the Weekly Calistogan came by just as Franci Claudon was about to ink her block and pull a new print. Here's the photograph he published.
Franci is a glass artist, also part of Napa Valley Open Studios, and is now experimenting with ways she might incorporate block printing into glass art. Doesn't that sound cool? I'm looking forward to seeing how she develops it. You can see Franci's glass work on her Facebook page at facebook.com/MagpieStudioDesign, where you can also see her first block print–and–glass experiment.
The summer is flying by! It's already nearly September, and time for my last one-day workshop of the summer – Soft Block Printing.
If you've ever tried linoleum block printing and found it too hard to cut, or admired wood block printing from afar, soft blocks may be just what you're looking for. Soft blocks are easy to cut, and pretty durable. And what you can do with them - oh, it just does my heart good!
The dragonfly print above I made from the drawing of a dragonfly I found. Catching all that motion and glitter and flight in the form of a print gave me great joy – and still does, whenever I look at it. I also combined block printing and painting to create an ongoing series of dragonfly paintings in different colors. You can see one of the most recent, Iridescence, below.
In fact, I'd like to revisit that series, this time adding relief printing, and perhaps using stencils, along with the block printed and painted areas. Block printing is wonderful all by itself, but pretty darned amazing combined with other media.
Karen Lynn Ingalls
I am a working artist in Napa and Sonoma Counties, in northern California. I paint colorist landscapes of rural California, teach art classes, workshops, and private lessons, live in Calistoga, and have my art studio in Santa Rosa, California.