Above: A sample carving block and watercolor print by Suzanne Hughes. (©2013 Suzanne Hughes).
At the November meeting of the MCBA Visual Journal Collective coordinator Suzanne Hughes led the group in carving from "eraser" type block material to make watercolor prints.
Despite my injured wing I really wanted to participate because we would be making an edition of prints to swap. Since I couln't use my arm to carve I brought a small carving I'd made of Dottie in 2003 (using a drawing made before her death). I stamped it in black ink on the supplied paper at the beginning of the meeting so I would have something to swap. Then I used my abundant free time to take video and photos of the group in action. Alas, I realized towards the end of the evening there was obviously dust on the sensor of my camera and it was ruining my shots. (It's not that obvious in this image because of where it falls but it's really obvious on the video footage.)
Happily I don't have to worry about trying to piece together something about what happened that evening because Briana Goetzen has posted a marvelous recap of the meeting on her blog at the link provided. I hope you'll go and check it out. You can read all about what we did and see her great photos from the evening.
(For people who are worried, or who were hoping for a reprieve, I have already purchased a new camera so I can take video of the December Not-So-Blank-Page-Journals—it was cheaper to buy a new camera than have the other repaired.)
Left: Ruth Smith numbers and signs her edition. (We were working on Nideggen Paper which is a light tan with a wavy laid texture.) She's holding back a laugh because her "helpers" were calling out all sorts of numbers as she was trying to sequence her prints. She's a good sport. (My sensor problems were cropped out of this image.)
A technical break through I was quite excited about: Marcia Micek likes to work in black ink and she inked her chickadee carving with her Pentel Pocket Brush Pen. The ink stayed wet long enough for her to pull great prints. Something to keep in mind. It was a small carving of about 1.5 x 1.5 inches, but I would have bet the ink would have dried almost immediately. In fact I think I might have bet exactly that. I may owe Marsha a nickel. (My betting limit.)
If you don't live in the area and would like more information about eraser carving you can check out my five-part series on eraser carving which starts with this post "How to Make an Eraser Carving—Part 1: Selecting an Image." The other parts run through to February 15, 2009 when part 5 was posted and you can find them by scrolling forward from the first post (using the navigation "last" and "next" above the post), by using this blog's search engine, or by clicking on "Eraser Carving" in the category list in the left column of this blog. (The last option is the easiest as the posts come up as a list and you can simply scroll down to the first post and work back up the list—it's not a huge category as of today. I've provided a link to get you there from this post. Be sure to click the "continue reading lines" in each post. This was early days in my blog when I used this device. These five posts are all lengthy. Also in part 2 of my series I write about Mastercarve blocks. These seem to no longer be available but "Moo Carve Block" seems to be the same stuff and is available through Amazon. I've ordered a piece to check it out.)
Get busy and carve some images today!