EBSQ Friday Five: Snow Day

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.

Eowyn and Faramir by Aimee Dingman - Linocut print on parchment
Eowyn and Faramir by Aimee Dingman – Linocut print on parchment
Raku Leaf by Deborah Sprague
Raku Leaf by Deborah Sprague
Queen for a Day by Sherry Key - Acrylic, collage on canvas
Queen for a Day by Sherry Key – Acrylic, collage on canvas
Artist Book by Lisa Monica Nelson - Mixed Media
Artist Book by Lisa Monica Nelson – Mixed Media
Amber by Jo Hards - Cloth
Amber by Jo Hards – Cloth
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Printmaking Challenge winners announced!

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.

Elizabeth Fiedel - Athene Noctua
Athene Noctua - Elizabeth Fiedel
Mercurys Wings - Ann Murray
Mercury's Wings - Ann Murray

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!

EBSQ Printmaking Challenge

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!

Aimee Dingman

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!

ART SEEN: Adventures in Printmaking

finished collagraph by EBSQ artist Paul Helm

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!