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I have not been very productive lately, sick with a kidney infection, no fun!
I started making these back in 2007 for my space at the Ten Women Gallery. The wood block pieces sold really well but they are tedious to make, and I as a typical artist want to do the creative stuff. Reality dictates that I need to start making these again.
I begin with a smooth knot free block of plywood, about a quarter of an inch high. I have the blocks made by someone else becuase there are some these I have no talent for and wood work is one of them, not that the wood blocks are all that difficult but they do require precision. The back is slotted for easy hanging.
The acid free giclee is trimmed to size. I use a ruler and exacto knife, the trim has to be exactly aligned with the edges or the print will not look right on the wood block. The wood block is then painted with “Perfect paper adhesive”, one of the finest glues available. I choose it over mod podge because it is not sticky and paper will not curl up. After the print is adhered I set it under a stack of heavy books so that it drys perfectly flat. I allow it to dry for at least two hours. Then I either paint the sides with acrylic or a color stain or a designer ink. This is tricky because one slip of the hand and there is paint on the surface of the print, not good! I don’t paint the sides ahead of time because I want the edges of the paper to be painted as it has a more finished look. Finally, the giclee has an enhanced matte surface to which I apply a uv resistant gloss lacquer which I love!
Some artists use mod podge but its very thick and has a stickyness I don’t care for. I buy the lacquer, “print shield” from digital art supply which is a great place for all things prints and printers. When dry the wood block is ready to hang and mimics an original painting but is far more affordable.
These two wood blocks are available in my etsy shop
From one of my most recent paintings: “Branching Out” Sometimes branching out may mean pulling up roots which can be both exciting and a dilemma. Its a feeling I am currently experiencing as we are going through escrow.
And this one from one of my favorite paintings “A Fish Out of Water”. Have you ever been at odds with what you are doing or where you are at. Since I am a risk taker its a feeling I have experienced often in the past especially, (now that I am older I know myself a bit better), the painting implies embracing that feeling, after all, most situations do change or get better with time. Embracing the feeling is embracing the self to transcend the moment, to accept what is without resistance. Bet you didn’t know all of that was being conveyed!
This wood block is only three inches wide because the actual painting is very long and narrow.