Learn to create classic block print patterns for greeting cards, wallpaper, book illustrations and more with Andrea Lauren's easy step-by-step instruction
Artist and Designer Lauren shows you simple techniques for creating your own printing blocks out of art-foam. With no cutting and chiseling, these art-foam blocks can be made into shapes and patterns using only scissors and a pencil. Use these printing blocks, or purchased stamps, to create repeat patterns or bundled groupings to get that classic block print look for wallpaper, book illustrations, framing prints, greeting cards, gift wrap, fabric prints, and so much more Throughout the book, find inspiration from selected works of block print artists from around the world. The new, easy-to-use block printing materials are great for beginners and skilled artists alike. Make your mark with Block Print
Block Print Magic is the perfect reference for a wide range of printmaking enthusiasts. The easy-to-follow illustrated instruction takes you through every step of the process, beginning with choosing and caring for tools and setting up a studio, through design essentials, carving techniques, and printing techniques. Those techniques include multi-block printing, reduction cuts, puzzle blocks, and rainbow-roll printing. Advanced carving techniques for creating textures, crosshatching, and three-dimensional shading will give you the opportunity to expand and strengthen your expertise.
Among the visually stunning projects you'll learn to create:
- Colorful, multi-block hex sign
- Reduction cut sunflowers print
- One-page pocket zine from a single block
- Fabric wall hanging embellished with embroidery
Block Print Magic is a must-have addition to any printmaker's bookshelf.
For the prospective buyer, the world of printmaking can be overwhelming. Intaglio, lithography, aquatint and sugarlift--even the terms used have the potential to confuse. Helen Rosslyn, a prints and drawings specialist and Director of the London Original Print Fair, provides her expert insider advice in this straight-talking guide. She explains the techniques used by today's printmakers, accompanied by a brief history of printmaking. A comprehensive glossary elucidates printmaking terms, including the newer language of digital printmaking. Rosslyn answers the commonly asked questions to help the reader navigate this often mysterious world. There are tips and expert advice from artists, print dealers, paper conservators, picture framers and art handlers, alongside reproductions of some of the finest prints from the collection of the Royal Academy of Arts, making this book the perfect companion for anyone interested in buying or collecting prints, whether old master or contemporary.
A beautifully accessible and diverse collection of key works in British printmaking from Walter Sickert to Tracey Emin.
A Century of Prints in Britain is a highly illustrated volume providing a long-overdue, affordable and engaging selection of over 200 print works from masters of the medium alongside lesser-known practitioners. Using the Arts Council Collection as a platform, A Century of Prints in Britain spans a broad selection of styles and movements, from the geometric lines of Kenneth Martin and the striking graphics of Michael Craig-Martin to the arresting and abstract work of Howard Hodgkin. This attractive compendium of highlights includes an essay by Julia Beaumont-Jones, who gives an informative overview of the growth of the medium from the 1930s to today. Artists represented include Patrick Caulfield, Peter Blake, Fiona Banner, Helen Chadwick, Lucien Freud, Richard Hamilton, Damien Hirst, David Hockney, Gary Hume, Tess Jaray, R.B. Kitaj, John Minton, Chris Ofili, Julian Opie, Eduardo Paolozzi, Cornelia Parker, Ken Price, Paula Rego, Bridget Riley, Rachael Whiteread and many more.
This work is a resource for those interested in any form of printmaking, from teachers and students to gallery staff, museum curators and historians. It provides a listing of the terms that relate to different types of printmaking. The book is filled with the artwork of a wide range of well-known printmakers from around the world. This is a beautiful as well as an informative book.
How does a twenty-first-century woman living in rural southern Oregon enter the spiritual realm of the Dreamtime and what impact does it have on her life? Denise Kester is an artist and art teacher whose inner dream life is populated by a host of profound characters (brown bears, black crows, blue monkeys, sea turtles, and rabbits among others) who guide Denise through a difficult year of artistic creation as she stares down at a deadline for an important exhibit. Drawing on the Dream is part instruction for artists but even more a profound illumination on the way of the artist. The book includes Kester's brilliant monoprints in all stages of process to completion and the stories or poetry that inspired or illuminate the work. Kester writes about the struggles and the triumphs that occur as the deadline approaches. She asks the question "do I make the art or does the art make me?"In her Foreword, bestselling author Jean Houston (Jump Time, The Possible Human observes: "As you read, see, and enjoy the riches contained in this book you too may discover, with such wonder and astonishment, that the dreamtime lives within you. For you are in the presence of Denise Kester who has tapped into the source of creativity and thus, is herself, a Source-rer."
One of the most dominant strains of ukiyo-e -- "pictures of the floating world" -- in the early 19th century concerned itself with depictions of prostitutes and geisha, the denizens and queens of pleasure quarters such as the Yoshiwara in old Edo. A symbiosis between art and life helped form a new cult of the courtesan, an idealized icon whose skills in love-making were matched only by her sophistication, wit and elegance. In ukiyo-e, the exotic kimono of the courtesan became a canvas upon which artists like Kunisada could project their most outr , intricate and colour-saturated designs, dazzling bursts of flora, fauna and arcane symbolism. Known as bijin-ga ("beauty pictures"), this print genre flourished right up until the 1860s, when its popularity began to wane. EMPIRE OF THE SENSES contains an extensive selection of courtesan portraits and triptychs, by artists ranging from Choki and Eisho to Kunichika, Kunisada II and Kyosai, as well as many other prints of female beauty. It also has sections on genj-e (beauty triptychs inspired by the literary classic Genji monogatari) and onnagata (kabuki actors who specialised in female impersonation), and includes two complete sets of classic bijin-ga from the Meiji period: Yoshitoshi's F zoku Sanj nis ("32 Aspects Of Beauty," 1888), and Kiyochika's Hana Moyo ("Flower Designs," 1896). EMPIRE OF THE SENSES features over 200 rare and exceptional Japanese woodblock prints of beautiful women. The artists featured in the book comprise many of the most outstanding ukiyo-e print-designers of the Edo and Meiji periods, each of whom used their immense artistic talent and imagination to brilliantly illuminate the enigmatic allure of Japanese femininity. Artists featured include: Eisho, Eishi, Choki, Utamaro, Eizan, Eisen, Shikimaro, Shunsen, Toyokuni I, Kunisada, Kuniyoshi, Yoshitoshi, Yoshiyuki, Kunichika, Sadahide, Shigenobu, Tominobu, Sadakage, Kunisada II, Sencho, Fusatane, Yoshitora, Yoshiiku, Toyoshige, Kyosai, Chikanobu, and Kiyochika.