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I promised I would start giving you an explanation for the subject matter of my monoprint series,”Natural History”.
I love history. I think it is important. Doomed to repeat and all that. Context for every part of life. You know, history.
I detest what I find to be a more and more common attitude among younger people, ( uh oh, dangerous territory here! ) to explain away ignorance by simply stating, “that happened before I was born”.
Okay. I can’t control that seeming pride in being uneducated, clueless, and oblivious to the world.
I can have fun with my target audience, however.
Intrigued? Next post: The History of Everything. With an introduction to the world’s first encyclopedia, “Historia Naturalis”, and Pliny the Elder. Trust me on this!

Today’s print, in keeping with my Memorial Day patriotic theme:
“Natural History: Church and State”.  NH:Church:State

Ponder the implications of that….

Just the Facts:
Image size=12″x 18″. Framed 24″x 30″. Printed on Rives BFK white archival paper. Edition 1/1. To begin, each print background consists of 2, differently colored, inked, aquatinted copper plates printed over each other. This produces the variegated stripes.
Then I employ a variety of printing techniques: linocuts, collograph, etchings, monotyping, chine colle, etc., to create the subject. I design all the fonts by hand.

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Let’s start over. When I began this blog I was full of ideas of what I wanted it to do.  (Look at prior blogs for reasons for my absence.)

That hasn’t changed much. I wanted to share my artwork. Primarily, my ongoing monoprint etching series, “Natural History”. There are over 100 prints in the series, and I thought that was plenty of fodder! With some entertainment value.
Along the way, I will be delighted to answer questions about technique and subject matter, philosophy, history, recipes, and my continuingly baffling personal life.

Today’s print is titled: “Natural History: Bill of Rights”

With the Memorial Day weekend about to begin, le us think about those who have served and sacrificed for this country. Eternal Vigilance. Eternal Gratitude.

Just the Facts:
Image size=12″x 18″. Framed 24″x 30. Printed on Rives BFK white archival paper. Edition 1/1. To begin, each print background consists of 2, different colored, inked, aquatinted copper plates printed over each other. This produces the variegated stripes.
Then I employ a variety of printing techniques: linocuts, collograph, etchings, monotyping, chine colle, etc., to create the subject. I design all the fonts by hand.
More later about the inspiration for this series.

Starting over-Please share this post!

 

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NH:BriberyOddly, this fits in well with the other topical/personal blog of today-Blogging for Dollars- A Perfidious Tale of Health Care in America.

This is an earlier monoprint, but the subject matter is as old as time.  I used several different linocut plates and the trace transfer technique to add the hand-drawn fonts. The background is comprised of 2 copper aquatinted striped plates. The plates are inked in 2 different colors-when printed on top of each other, the give a gradation in color. The plates are printed when the paper is wet. ( If not, you could never register-match up the edges).  The linos are printed in a second  session, after the paper has been dried under blotters. The words are printed in a third session. The image size is 12″ x 18″. Printed on Rives B.F.K. 24 x 30. Edition of one-it’s a monoprint.

More hints to the series? Eh? Believe it or not? So much information on the internet-just like old Pliny the Elder?

https://jhladikvoss57.wordpress.com/2015/02/25/blogging-for-dollars-or-a-perfidious-tale-of-health-care-in-america/

The above is the link to the socio-political blog of the day.

See you soon-

Judith

 

NH:BirthControl:aNH:BirthControl:bWell, because there are. I couldn’t decide which way to go with this topic, graphically. Still not sure whether I like either one.

The trace transfer lettering was a little bit smudgy. There’s something about the red oil ink that gets very oily in humidity. Modifying the ink doesn’t always achieve the result I want. You only get one shot at this. No going back, and no way to tell how the transfer is going until you lift off the paper . either, “Voila”, or “1ÓÏÏ•ª˚Ô”.

That is what is so magical and exciting about printmaking. The eureka factor. The happy accident.

Not at all like painting. So direct. So controllable. I spent at least the first 10 years of being a serious artist painting realistically. Then, I realized how much time I was taking on “perfection”.  Which led me back to printmaking.  Love them both. Isn’t it odd that I now make one of a kind prints. There has to be some kind of dark psychology there. Or not.

NH:BenFranklinA mid-series monoprint, and one of my favorites. I was now printing the smaller etching plates onto archival papers-building a library of images that I could add onto the prints by chine collé. The portrait of Ben is a transfer technique-directly done onto the background paper. I used and oval mylar mask when printing the background stripes to create the blank area. A little bit of real Natural History for the day!

Please ask me questions about any of the techniques I named in this post. Realize it is very techie printer!

 

NH:Apple GreenMy mother, Ruth Anna Loraine- (All the 7 siblings had 3 given names) Johnson Hladik, was a depression era child. She remembered her father painting and repainting the kitchen chairs. Black and Apple green. When I came across this as a factoid, I was delighted. I extrapolated the feminist subtext. That’s my job.

This print contains a smashing little TTM( Trace Transfer monotype),  chine collé of a chair. Water color was used after the ink dried. Before “gluing” the print to the background print with wheat paste, and running it through through the printing press.  Another vocabulary etching plate makes its appearance here. From when there were film cameras. A take-off on family vacation pix. Near the top of this print.

Do something soothing today.

 

NH:Anastasia

Real History. This print combines several etching plates, printed over 2 aquatint plates. The gun is a linocut. Text was hand designed and printed via trace transfer monotyping. I will post more on this technique later. A very expressive and fast way to make beautifully textured lines-akin to a drypoint. An early print in the series.

In reference to the 20th Century Fox cartoon release of 1997. I found the movie version with Ingrid Bergman less offensive, somehow.

See you tomorrow!


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