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Blue (and green) Dog

March 2, 2011

Sorry for the radio silence around here this week! It’s been a busy one. Glad to have a second to catch my breath and tell you about my printmaking class I took on Saturday (one more item off the Thirty before 30 list!).

Even though I had taken a Printmaking I and II class at local art school Watkins a few years ago, we didn’t really dive into silkscreening until the very end, and I wasn’t focusing on it that much at the time. Plus, my instructor then wasn’t big on telling us how to do things at home. So, I signed up for this day workshop on silkscreening, and it was wonderful. Not only was I very familiar with the printmaking studio (I knew where all the machines and tools were), but we also had a new younger instructor. It was great learning from her while also thinking practically about how I can do this at home.

My biggest problem with the class was… me! What image did I want to print? This was so annoying. In the days leading up to the workshop, I struggled with wanting to do something different but also that is in the style that I like. If you’ve seen the hilarious Fred Armisen sketch “Put a bird on it” in the Portlandia tv series, you know what I mean… crafts can get so generic.

The same images are used over and over again: a bird, a vintage typewriter, something that has something to do with beards, hearts, nests, “Keep Calm and Carry On”… you see these images on Etsy all. the. time. You know, I like many of these common themes, but when it came to something that I was reproducing, I was starting to feel so lame.

So, I finally was thinking, what do I want to reproduce that I actually like but that I can’t draw myself?

Isn’t she a cutie? I enjoyed doing an image from a photograph, and I especially love that you can only see where she is black. A girl in my class commented that the print looked so “vintage.” I love that. My vintage pup Lucy!

7 Comments leave one →
  1. Alexandra permalink
    March 2, 2011 12:55 pm

    Sweet Lucy! Love the print, too. Plans to frame + display?

  2. March 2, 2011 1:37 pm

    Hm, I probably will, but won’t it look like I’m a crazy dog person? Or has that already occurred?

  3. Kim permalink
    March 2, 2011 2:21 pm

    These are great, Kate. What size are they? It’s difficult to tell without a reference. Love Lucy in Blue. Rodrigue should pay you a royalty for doing a better Blue Dog.

  4. Cheryl permalink
    March 2, 2011 3:23 pm

    I love your image choice! Also I adore Portlandia. I’m addicted!

  5. Alexandra permalink
    March 3, 2011 12:45 pm

    Hm. Never heard of a crazy dog person. Just crazy cat ladies. :)


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