17 December 2010

Dandelion Leaves?

For my Illustrating the Edible class, we were tasked with the objective of designing seed packets for various vegetables and herbs. I had a different one first, I think it was chard or something, but then I traded for dandelion leaves. And well, to be perfectly honest, I didn't even think you could EAT dandelion leaves, but Allan Comport proved me wrong. So, instead of drawing dandelion leaves I took my adorable little roller and inked it up black ink and generously rolled ink on top of the dandelion leaves and then pressed them on paper. It was kind of gross. Here's some of the results. The more I did it, the more the details of the leaves began to show.

Dandelion Print

Dandelion Print

Dandelion Print

I scanned these prints in and on photoshop I played with the composition, changed the levels and colors to create the finished product below.

Dandelion Leaves Seed Packet

15 December 2010

09 December 2010

Printing Coasters in Styleeeeeeee.

And they said you can't letterpress coasters on Vandercooks. Okay, well that isn't exactly true. If you were to use the Vandercook as it was made, no you cannot letterpress on Vandercooks because the grippers are too short and it wouldn't make it to the image on the press bed. However, you can place the coaster on top of your image and remove all the packing (because coaster stock is thick) and then print it. Well, I sort of did. I made lino cuts of my images and linos are only .875 inches tall (approx) I buffed it up a tad to maybe .89 or .9 just before type high (.918) and like that, I had coasters with some impression. Not a lot, but some.
It's kind of nifty. And they are at Art Market Illustration table. For 5 dollars. Check them out.

Expect an etsy in the very near future.


Letterpress Coasters!

Candy Cane Coasters