In and Out of the Studio
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by Linda Germain
5d ago
I think time outside of the studio, feeds what is created in the studio. What is your experience? I often see shadows and leaves on my morning walks that I use as reference in my gelatin printmaking. I collect weeds and grasses to use as masking stencils too. Lately, I have been doing lots of line drawings of faces. Old photos have been the stimulus for some of these drawings. I have also been capturing new images of family members to use as reference. Even an extended vacation could inspire a new series or process. I just came back from Maine Media for a week long class, A Sense of Place ..read more
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GIFTS from nature
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by Linda Germain
1w ago
Nature has many gifts. We can simply look, listen, touch, smell and maybe even taste to receive the gifts. Today, my woods walk was filled with gifts: Baltimore Oriole Two Loons Bright Blue Jays Rain drops on the lake Yellow dandelions I have tried to draw in the woods and I just resist it. So today I took a few pictures and brought them back to the studio. I abstracted the dandelion with a few sketches and then made a foam stamp. How could you bring the gifts of nature back to your studio? I always have a collection of delicate weeds and grasses for gelatin printmaking. If you like this ..read more
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Take an art vacation
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by Linda Germain
2w ago
I just got back from a week at Maine Media. Oh boy did I need to get away. And I am glad to be back in the studio with renewed energy and ideas. I have joined in on some online courses this year and they have been stimulating too. But working in person with instructors and fellow artists offers another energy. The class was “A Sense of Place” with Isobel Lewis. We explored Rockport Harbor on the first day and did several drawings to capture the feel and essence. Luckily it was a sunny spring day. We spent the week making marks and working the papers into several different book forms. The bo ..read more
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Add a focus to your gelatin print
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by Linda Germain
3M ago
It is easy to make textured and patterned pieces of gelatin plate printed paper. This is a great way to get started with gelatin printmaking. You can learn a lot about: mark making tools kinds of marks that are possible what happens when you layer These patterned papers can be used for collage or as foundations for a “finished” print. In the class, Simplify, we use simple stencils like threads, circles and weeds to learn what is possible with ink and the gelatin plate. By working in a dark blue-black color scheme, we can easily layer impressions without the need to consider the color mixi ..read more
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Feeling the chaos? Maybe simplify
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by Linda Germain
3M ago
Sometimes, I get overwhelmed with ideas and then I can’t choose one to play with. Usually, I go for a walk to get some clarity. Then when I get back to the studio I have a 1-2-3 to do list. I like to have just three items on the list, that way I don’t get overwhelmed by a long list. When I finish the three activities, then I can make another list of 3. I think this helps to create a sense of accomplishment. This idea of simplifying can be applied to gelatin printmaking too. I will often: Limit my color palette to cyan and black – classic printmaking colors Use just 3 to 5 stencils of differ ..read more
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Make a brown bag book
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by Linda Germain
3M ago
Today, I had the urge to make a brown bag book. I share with you my process so you can make some too. First I took the bag apart, so it was one flat sheet. Then I ironed out the wrinkles Painted white gesso over the store advertising Added some bold black india ink marks Cut into long 10″ strips (final size 6″ x 9″) The cut the long 10″ strip into 6″ x 9″ sheets Fold each in half and stack inside each other to make a single signature Clip together and punch 3 holes in the spine Follow video instructions to sew together A couple of extra tips: It is ok if the pages are not perfectly th ..read more
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Consider not knowing – OK
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by Linda Germain
4M ago
Often I like to know how things are going to play out. How the impression will print How the marks will work together How the colors will combine But this wanting to know ahead of time can stifle creative exploration. So I try to remind myself to: “Let go and see what happens. It is only a piece of paper.” When I can suspend the need to know and embrace the attitude of play, then new ideas often show up. It can take some time and warm up exercises to move beyond the need to know. That is one reason that I love the gelatin printmaking process. It is easy to grab: a couple of stencils sta ..read more
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Make Marks Supplies List
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by Linda Germain
6M ago
You can make interesting marks with simple tools. Enjoy this quick video.   In this online class we will layer marks to reveal a visual story. Read all the details on the workshop page. The suggested supplies: Gelatin plate – FREE recipe here Speedball water based ink brayer paper of your choice – I like 90 lb drawing paper 12″ x 18″ Rice paper on a roll or 12″ x 18″ Tracing paper on a roll or 12″ x 18″ I like these sizes and papers because I am making a long landscape shaped book, but you could do the techniques at any size. So use what you have One large sheet of sturdy printmaking pa ..read more
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Go back to your sketchbooks – reference
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by Linda Germain
6M ago
Generally, I need a reference for drawing. I don’t do so well just drawing from memory or imagination. Some of my favorite drawings are the ones of twigs and organic items found in the woods. They feel authentic, real, most like me. Recently I have been looking back through my sketchbooks to find flowers, leaves and doodles to add to a new book. In the image above, I used the sketchbook drawing of the black vines as a reference for the lower drawing in a new book in progress. The bigger book is one I am creating with the lessons from the Make Marks + Books online class. The book is layered ..read more
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Layers of marks – a story
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by Linda Germain
7M ago
I like to make marks with: stamping tools and the gelatin plate. The details can be amazing. a pencil/crayon and my non-dominate hand.  The line can be raw and authentic. small hand made stamps. The patterns can be very stabilizing. I combine these and a few other mark making techniques to make visual story books. If you are curious about this approach to art making, then check out the details of the upcoming class Make Marks + Books. This 7 lesson class is about exploring mark making and using a few simple printmaking techniques to make artist books.  We will use a non-linear a ..read more
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