When I was in art classes, one of the benefits of the class was the assignment — that gentle (and sometimes not so gentle) nudge from the instructor to try something new. Now that my art practice takes place in my basement studio, pushing boundaries and innovating is much harder. During my weekend visit to the Boston Printmakers Biennial this fall, I came upon a display for Gamblin relief inks. I decided to order a set of these inks and give them a try. Here’s my first print with the new inks…
Elizabeth Busey. In Celebration of Thin Places. Linoleum Reduction Print
17 x 25in, 2013.
Sometimes nothing helps an artistic funk like a piece of new equipment. Thanks to a grant from the Indiana Arts Commission, I was able to purchase a new oversized roller from Takach Press. It has a diameter of 4″ and is 14.75″ long. It is fabulous.
It has been a long four months for my latest set of prints. I began them, along with two others, in October. My reasoning in working on so many prints at once was that each ink layer takes a while to dry. Since the blocks are fairly large, it seemed reasonable that I would carve and print one series while others were drying.
Elizabeth Busey, Frost on the Land I.
Linoleum Reduction Print,
28 x 10in., 2012.