After the workshop on embossed books, I was inspired to finish drafting my ‘Declaration of the True West’ poster, which I plan to etch into a steel plate and print in embossed letters with a green or black background ink… Here’s the digital version of it, as I hope it will print onto card at about A2 size (narrower to be a Golden Rectangle shape):
See my other blog if you’re interested in this True West vision… www.thetruewest.org
The actual print will be deckle edged by means of a deep groove on the plate, which tears the damp card during printing – a cool extra function as well as the printing of the background and the embossing – all in one pass of the etching press AKA pastry roller! I use Flint waterbased printing ink.
I had thought I’d do the poster on a wood block, but the size meant it would probably have to be plywood, and steel just seemed better, especially since it can be etched,
whereas the ply would have to be carved – a long job with so many small letters! Unless it was lasered into the wood (or MDF) – that is an option too… some of my book cover plates were lasered into perspex by Engraving Systems of Whangarei when I was up north. Looking for a laser service here in Gisborne… So, here’s a trial card I did with the green ink and embossed lettering and a deep groove on the lines to be deckle-edge cut…. also little boxes by the same method.
Anyone interested in a workshop on embossing/etching with wood (or recycled MDF) or steel blocks? contact me! You could make a poster from A3 to over A2 size, embossed etched artwork, greeting card, bookmark, even a box… Exciting possibilities! Oh yes and as with the bookmaking workshop, I can help you design and lay out your work on computer using photoshop and Indesign, and print out for transfer to the block.
Another sign we live in an interactive holographic ‘theatre of reactions’ as C.S. Peirce called it: arriving at dreamspace this morning all primed to at last get onto painting our daughter Anna’s wedding invitation painting we found what look like two bridesmaid’s dresses on the outside door handle… A good sign for a wedding painting or what!
Totally ‘random’ yet whatever the causal i.e. mechanical reasons may turn out to be, the mental/spiritual reason is clear: we are resonating with a clear weddings vibration and it is attracting things of like vibrations…so to speak!
Well hallelujah anyway – I love it! Now I just need to continue in this vibe and the painting will flow. Robert Pirsig in Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance says ‘You want to know how to paint a perfect painting? It’s easy. Make yourself perfect and then just paint naturally.’ Or to paint something at least good, just be in the flow, move naturally toward the perceived good and away from the perceived bad, in life and in the painting, and it will turn out not bad, maybe even good:) I’m going to test this today:) and report back… watch this space… no watch your space today, and see signs of Pirsig’s mystical Quality in it…
Yes it is happening! Just realized it wasn’t in the Dreamspace blog… Facebook friends, here it is again! 🙂 PLUS.. there will be gnomes…
The Pecha Kucha talk was fun!
I put it up on YouTube for your entertainment I hope 🙂 It’s the short story of how I got to the point of setting up the ‘Eutopian’ Dreamspace project here in Gisborne. Enjoy, share, and join the project in Gisborne here or online by following this blog. This week we try to close a deal to rent lease or buy 61 Carnarvon St. Due diligence goes on… can’t wait to get into the actual creating!
This is the inside of the Carnarvon Dreamspace gallery as I imagined or at least painted it – not finished, and the property may not be THE one, but…
Painting as a way of manifesting… There’s a lot of nice glitter in this work which doesn’t show in a photo. It represents the magic, subtle energies of masculine and feminine which must balance and intertwine like DNA to create a good place, a Eutopia, an Athanor ‘bubble’ within which creativity and metamorphosis are set free…