Wednesday, June 23, 2010

turkey prints

Once upon a time, a long, long, time ago, I graduated as a printmaking major in the BFA program at the University of Connecticut's School of Fine Arts. A strong sensitivity to ammonia had driven me away from etching and engraving, but woodcuts and lithographs had stirred the ink in my blood. That same ink became a regular part of my wardrobe and makeup for my student years, but after graduation my only printmaking was done while teaching children's art classes.
Now here I am, decades (wince) later, and I've once again started making prints. A recent series of printing workshops with kids (click here and scroll) inspired me to think about a new approach to my own picture book illustration work, which has been exclusively paper collage. I'm now experimenting with cutting blocks to produce line, and then printing these over the paper collages. Still fooling around with it, but having a grand time in the process!


Joyful Learner said...

That sounds like so much fun! I love the image and all the colors. Do you have any tips for children who want to grow up to be illustrators or writers of children's books like yourself? I understand it's a difficult industry to get into.

Cathryn Falwell said...

Best thing for kids to do is to follow their hearts: write, write, write.....draw, draw, draw....and read, read, read! They can also make their own books. You inspired me to add an entry on my Artful Acts for Kids blog:
Scroll down to Make A Book. Thanks!

Tossing Pebbles in the Stream said...

It sound like an engrossing hobby, print making.

We are just getting wild turkey's established in the area, the northern edge of their range. I am enjoying the real think right now.

Curious City said...

I cannot WAIT to see this live..