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The Playful Artist’s Book with Julie Chen – Day Off #1

Today was officially a day off, which basically didn’t mean much. Most of the campus was busy in the studios working. Just to show that I worked (aside from what I’ll tell you below), I wrote a list in my studio journal to prove it:

Day off, still making stuff

  1. Typed up cards.
  2. Pressure printed main image for back of cards and game board.
  3. Went to Nervous Nellie’s Jams and Jellies (not actually work, but for whatever reason I put it on the list).

In the morning, I worked on my pressure printing. My plate consisted of strips of duct tape. I had to use it instead of masking tape because it was too thin. My concept was that when you don’t get rid of stuff, a lot of stuff ends up in boxes that have been taped shut. I wanted the print to look like a bunch of tape.

The problem was getting the ink to look like the color of masking tape. Julie told me something about needing to get the color, but not the color. I quickly learned that getting an exact match to the tape color did not produce the results I wanted.

This is the ink I ended up with. It looked like an ugly grey blech.

Mixing grey printmaking ink

But when I printed it, it looked AWESOME! Please tell me how this magical thing happened, because I really just don’t get it.

Pressure printed paper

After lunch, 7 of us loaded into my van and we went on a little outing which started at a dump. This was a dump with a reputation, so of course I was interested. They had a little shop with free stuff that was still usable and had been saved from the trash. I left with a thesaurus.

Then we ran some errands before heading over to Nervous Nellie’s Jams and Jellies. I bought the yummiest Blueberry Ginger Conserve there.

But that wasn’t the main attraction. The grounds are home to the most spectacular sculptures made by artist Peter Beerits. There were dozens of them, all made from recycled materials, and could be found everywhere. We got to explore in the woods and found a castle with knights boozing it up.

Sculpture of knights at table

Sculpture of humpback with bear

There was so much to see that I just know I missed something good.

So what do you think? I'd love to know!

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