School’s out and so we went to Columbus, IN to visit friends and to see some of the cool sights Columbus has to offer, including lunch and ice cream at the amazing Zaharakos. Afterwards we walked around a bit and I asked to see this sculpture, which up to then I had only seen a picture of. It’s not as big as I thought it would be, but it is as beautiful. I love it.
I say “faux” only because I have done woodcuts, intaglio, serigraphs and lithography and this is not that. This is the easiest of relief printing on an eraser-like substance — not even linoleum, which is easier than wood. But it is fun and doable without a printing press, and I love the look of relief prints, so I am doing it.
Carving is a very satisfying activity to me. It’s meditative and the results are usually pleasing. I was helping to carve some of these “stamps” for Lotus. (See my designs that I submitted to the Lotus project.) I was working on someone else’s design, and I thought, you know, I’d really like to make more of my own! So with my Dick Blick birthday gift certificate I got some of the carving material and some ink. I haven’t printed anything yet –except for test prints– but you can be sure I’ll post pictures when I do.