52 Weeks of Printmaking: Week 52

52 Weeks of Printmaking: Week 52 by Jen Hewett

52 Weeks of Printmaking: Week 52 by Jen Hewett

52 Weeks of Printmaking: Week 52 by Jen Hewett

Week 52: Two-color block print on linen.

Well, here we are. Week 52. I had all kinds of ideas of what the final print would be – something complex, something grand, something to segue into my 2015 project – but the print ended up being nothing like what I’d thought it would be.

On Monday, when I sat down to work on this print, I still had no clue what I’d do. I spent the entire day (no hyperbole here) working on things that were far too complex, far too distant from my regular work, to execute in a short period of time. Finally, I settled on something I didn’t love, printed with it, thought about how I could tweak it, then found a block I’d carved weeks ago but hadn’t ended up using. It looked good with what I’d created. And it all fell together. It all felt right.

And so this week’s print is not really different from the rest of the prints this year. It was last minute, it was intuitive, it was born out of using my hands rather than my mind. It’s a fitting end to a project that has shaped – nay, guided – this year. I am pleased with it. I am ready to move on.

Next week, I’ll announce my big project for 2015 (after I’ve had a chance to come up with a name for it). If you’ve been following along on Instagram, the #52weeksofprintmaking hashtag may live on, in the capable hands of a couple of other printmakers. There will be classes (online and in person) in the new year. Life will go on, enriched by this project, and by all the support you’ve shown it.

So, Happy New Year. May 2015 bring you the joy and growth and momentum you’ve been seeking.

51 Weeks of Prints!

I thought it would be fun to see all these prints together in one (short) video.

Christmas will be here in seven hours, and I think I’m coming down with something, so it’s time to rest. Oh, and eat my mom’s Christmas Eve gumbo.

Merry Christmas, everyone! See you back here next week.

 

52 Weeks of Printmaking, Week 51

52 Weeks of Printmaking: Week 51 by Jen Hewett

52 Weeks of Printmaking: Week 51 by Jen Hewett

52 Weeks of Printmaking: Week 51 by Jen Hewett

Week 51: One-color block prints on linen and cotton.

Here we are – the penultimate (I’ve been waiting 51 weeks to use that word) print! I thought it would be fun to make gift wrap, but after five minutes of printing on paper, I gave up. I just prefer printing on fabric. Thankfully, I have a ton of cotton and linen bags lying around.

Print number 52 will be posted on Wednesday, December 31st, instead of on that Monday. I want to close out 2014 with a bang!

Just a reminder: registration for Design, Carve, Print: Block Printing on Fabric is open. It makes a great gift for yourself, or for the crafter in your life.

Happy Holidays!

52 Weeks of Printmaking: Week 50

52 Weeks of Printmaking: Week 50 by Jen Hewett

52 Weeks of Printmaking: Week 50 by Jen Hewett

52 Weeks of Printmaking: Week 50 by Jen Hewett

Week 50: Two-color block print on linen.

You guys! Two more weeks to go! I’ll write more about what this project has meant to me, and all the opportunities it’s opened up, but right now I have to finish making Christmas gifts for my family.

I do have a new project for next year. If you’ve taken one of my in-person classes, I may have already told you what it is. Otherwise, you’ll just have to check back here in January.

And finally, registration for my block printing e-course, Design, Carve, Print is live. Please join me for a weekend/month of block printing fun. We’ll have a blast (promise!).