March Flower of the Month | The Daffodil

We’re officially a quarter of the way through, and I’ve got to say, I feel like I’ve really hit my stride with this project. I have officially planned out all twelve flowers and their colors, can pretty accurately anticipate how long each piece will take to carve and print, and genuinely enjoy working on each one!

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I’ve had lots of questions about what materials I use, so I thought I would start adding in that information here:

Linoleum: Blick Golden-Cut Linoleum

Cutter: Flexcut Lino & Relief Printmaking Set

Brayer: Speedball Soft Rubber Brayer

Ink: Speedball Water Soluble Block Printing Inks

Baren: Speedball Baren

I’ve pretty consistently been purchasing my supplies from Blick. They’ve been around since 1911, and they are one of the largest art suppliers in the nation. As an affiliate for Blick, if you ever purchase materials through a link that I’ve used, I will be compensated a small percentage of your purchase.


NEW SERIES // FLOWER OF THE MONTH

I’m so, so, so excited for 2019! I’ve got tons of ideas for new pieces, and I plan on refining my current offerings as the year goes on. Each quarter I’ll be changing out the “Sale” section, in order to do just that. So make sure you take advantage of the sales while you can.

One of my ideas for new pieces is a new Flower of the Month series. I plan on creating an 18x24 inch block print that will be released at the beginning of each month. They will each be limited edition of 40, and the title is customizable!

It was honestly a stretch to get January’s piece done during the holiday season, but I did it!

2018 Top Nine and Why It Almost Made Me Cry

On the last day of 2018, I did what many people do…. I figured out what my Top Nine Instagram posts of 2018 were. At the time, I didn’t think anything of it. I certainly didn’t think that it would impact me as much as it did. But it did impact me. Quite a bit.

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There you have it. My Top Nine. It may not look like much to you, but to me, I saw validation. Confirmation. Peace.

I know that’s a lot to see in nine little photos, but a couple of years ago I started the slow and steady shift into becoming a “printmaker.” After years and years of being a painter, this was a huge deal for me. A part of my identity was wrapped up in being a painter. It felt like a huge part of who I was. And suddenly, I was actively pursuing something else. It felt like betrayal to myself, but it also felt like the right thing to do. So I kept moving forward, sometimes with fear and uncertainty, but I kept moving forward. With each new print I made, I learned more and more about who I was now, as a printmaker.

These nine photos are ALL BLOCK PRINTS. Not one watercolor painting. When I looked at this I almost started crying. Not only does it feel right to me to be going in this new direction, but it feels right to you, too! These are the posts that you liked the most from the entire year!

So thank you. Thank you for your support and encouragement and for letting me know with your “likes” that this new path that I’m on is certainly the path that I’m supposed to be on.

I’m so excited to see what 2019 will bring.