Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Whirl Winds Blowin'

Lots going on the past few days:

Janet Towbin is now adjunct professor at ASU and will teach Relief Printmaking.  Yay, Janet.  Your students will be lucky to get you.  I can't wait to see what she cooks up for them.

My sister is headed to London today for several days before hooking up with 7 lucky students on her fabulous tour of Paris, Bordeaux, and Bergerac for 10 days.  It will be the trip of a lifetime for all concerned.  Let's hope that volcano behaves itself for the next month or so!


We spent another day filled with stencils under inked mat board, yesterday.  We played with different types of paper and thicknesses of board and stencils and printed on both sides...We discovered you can print just about anything under the mat board plate (see process in my last blog update.)  I have to remember to schedule more play dates.  I totally give up all control for an anticipated outcome and just try to "see what happens."


I am teaching a two-day reduction linocut workshop in Reno next month.  I have been a little worried about how much can be covered in just two days, so today I did a test of the process I intend to show.  I have never tried to print more than one color in one day but today I printed 3 colors!  I amazed myself.  I would have never considered doing such a thing if I hadn't been a follower of Sherrie York and other relief printmakers.  So many times, I just do it the way I do it, without thinking of trying it another way.  I LOVE reading about other artists' processes.  Have you noticed how open and sharing printmakers are?  Anyway, I still have one more color to go on these little fish.  The finished print size will be 6" x 8".  If you would like to learn this process, I am teaching it in a workshop this summer at the Phoenix Center for the Arts.  Classes are 8 weeks, Wednesdays from 1 to 4 starting June 30th and costs $160.  Call 602 262-4627 to register.  Registration ends May 31st.


  1. Wow, thank you Alexiev! I loved your work on your website. Always nice to meet a fellow artist!

  2. Oh Wendy.... I'm blushing. Thanks for the nod... and three cheers for you for working out how to do a weekend workshop. (I'm still trying to get brave enough to launch one myself.) Wish I could join you... but I'll have to settle for being there in spirit.

  3. Sherrie,
    I appreciate your comments. I should have said I was a follower of your blog. Sounds a little creepy to say I was a follower of YOU. :) I can't wait to get to Reno for this workshop. Oxbow Press sounds like a dream operation for printmakers.


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