We’ve had better weeks here at EBSQ, but up’s and down’s are a part of life, as are snow days. Snow days are those days off allotted to schools when inclement weather hits. They throw everyone off schedule, the schools, parents, work, etc. But sometimes a change of pace can be a good thing, it can open a door to new ideas and creative adventures. Today’s Friday Five invites you to try something new.
The votes have been tallied and the winner of the first Printmaking Challenge has been announced. The challenge was open to any type of printmaking and theme was mythology. “Athene Noctua” by Elizabeth Fiedel took first place and Ann Murray’s entry “Mercury’s Wings” captured the runner up spot.
Seven artists participated in the Printmaking Challenge and all were great. If you missed it and would like to see the entries, they can be found in Printmaking in the Art Specific section of the EBSQ Forum. Just look for Printmaking Challenge Entries.
Be sure to check in here on Mondays for the latest on all currently running challenges or you can go to the EBSQ Challenge Central topic on the Forum at anytime to see exactly what is going on.
Congratulations Elizabeth and Ann!
The voting is open for the Printmaking Challenge. The last day to enter was yesterday and Amiee Dingman has got everything ready for you to cast your vote. You can make your voice heard by visiting the EBSQ Forum and heading down to Printmaking in Art Specific Topics. The “Voting For Printmaking Challenge” thread will be hard to miss as it is pinned neatly to the top of the Printmaking topic. You can also see the entries as that thread is just above it or you can access them when you go to vote.
Don’t forget – The Confident Loon Logo Challenge has been extended to December 15th . It’s not too late to strut your stuff, so check it out.
Remember, you can keep up to date on all current challenges, upcoming challenges and where they can be found in Challenge Central in the Member Groups, Challenges & General Art Discussion section of the forum.
The last day for the Printmaking Challnge is rapidly approaching. 11:59 PM December 7th is the last moment you can enter. There are no restrictions on what method of printmaking you can use. Etchings to potato prints – it’s all fair game.
There are conversations on alternative methods of printmaking in the Printmaking section of Art Specific Topics on the EBSQ Forums. There is also a tutorial on block printing in the LIVE archives in LEARN on the main EBSQ site.
The Confident Loon Logo Challenge has been extended until December 15th. The host challenge was unexpectedly called away, so there is now extra time to come up with the perfect Confident Loon logo! if you are uncertian as to what a confident loon is, please check it out in the Confident Loon Logo Challenge thread in the Challenge Central section of the Forum.
There is more going on over at the EBSQ Forum than the “What’s In A Name Challenge“. There are currently three very different challenges open for entry, the “Altered Art Doll Challenge: Island Of Misfit Toys“, the “Confident Loon Logo Challenge” and the “Printmaking Challenge“.
The “Altered Art Doll Challenge: Island Of Misfit Toys” is hosted by Noelle Hunt. This challenge sprang out of the EBSQ LIVE presentation she did on Altered Art Dolls. Everyone who attended had such a good time they wanted to try making their own altered dolls. You can read about the challenge and see the entries in the “Challenge Central” section of the EBSQ Forum. The deadline for submissions is November 22nd.
The “Confident Loon Logo Challenge” is hosted by Robin McGee. This challenge came about when one of our members shared an encounter she had with someone in her town. This is a fun challenge and like the other challenges, all the particulars can be found “Challenge Central“. The last day to enter the “Confident Loon Logo Challenge” is November 22nd.
Our third challenge that is open for participation in is the “Printmaking Challenge“. Amiee Dingman is hosting this challenge and it runs through December 7th. It is open to all types of printmaking techniques so all should be encouraged to enter. Head on over “Challenge Central” and see what the requirements are and where to enter. If you need some information on how to get started, we have a tutorial on Block Printing in the LIVE Archives that should fit the bill.
All of the challenges are open to any who wish to participate and we hope that you will. If you are not an EBSQ member, you will need a Patron account to post on the EBSQ Forum. These accounts are free and easy to set up. Any questions you might have can be posted in the appropriate challenge thread and a response (probably several) will soon be forth coming. If you don’t wish to enter but like look, please feel free to do so and comment if you feel so inclined. We looked forward to all of your contributions.
We often have member created challenges on the EBSQ Forum. One of the challenges running at the moment is the Printmaking Challenge. Why print making? Host Aimee Dingman had this to say… “the reason I’m in the forum and hosting the challenge there is that printmaking is cathartic, surprisingly easy to start, and incredibly addictive. Because images must be first made in reverse, it is an excellent method for testing and refining techniques, as you must think about the image in two aspects.” There is also the small matter that the process can be quite enjoyable.
The theme of the challenge is Mythology. It started in October and runs through December 7th and artists may enter up to three prints so you don’t have to pick just one mythological subject. This challenge is open to everyone.
Interested yet? Did I mention there are prizes?
Here are the Printmaking Challenge particulars:
The printmaking challenge rules will be simple and the subject will be very loose, so we can get lots of people participating. There will be a prize for the winner and the runner-up.
First Place Prize: $25 Gift Certificate for either Daniel Smith or Dick Blick – Winner’s Choice!
Runner Up Prize: $10 Gift Certificate for Dick Blick or ASWExpress – Winner’s Choice!
1. The challenge is open to entries from October 7 – December 7. I realize that this is a busy time for most people, so hopefully this gives everyone a weekend or block of time somewhere to work.
2. The challenge is open to all methods of printmaking, but I think a special emphasis will be made of linocuts as it is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to participate in printmaking without having experience or lots of equipment.
3. The challenge entries will be limited to 3 per artist, and should be made in an “Entries” thread which I will open tomorrow. I ask that that thread be used only for actual entries, and that comments be reserved for either this thread or for any individual thread devoted to the making of a particular entry made by the artist. Please scan or photograph your entry. Post it in the “Entries” thread, or send it to me directly and I will post it for you. You should include an explanation of your piece in accordance with the theme, and any notes about the process you wish to include.
4. There will be a popular vote after the close of the entry period. I’m willing to extend the voting past the holiday season if required, but I hope to have it close before the end of December.
With the particulars out of the way, here’s the theme:
Mythology. Greek, Roman, Norse, Judeo-Christian, Mesoamerican, or anything in between. You should embrace some aspect of mythology, whether it is a symbol, a pattern, a story, a deity, or all of the above, and create a print which embodies that idea.
I will be posting a piece inspired by the theme, but I will naturally not compete. I encourage you all to ask questions and discuss here. I think it would also be great to get some discussion going on process and inspiration. I hope we can all inspire each other!
Click Printmaking to get to the Printmaking section of the EBSQ Forum.
This is where you enter you prints, ask questions, chat about printmaking and get information and tips on all things printmaking.
Now that I’ve got you are all fired up, get it in gear and go forth and print!
A huge thanks to Paul Helm for his fantastic presentation on collagraph printing this evening! If you couldn’t make it, don’t fret! The transcript (which includes demo photos, materials list, and additional resources) will be available in the July issue of the EBSQ Zine. In the interim, feel free to browse our extensive HOWTO library to check out past archived presentations!