52 Weeks of Printmaking: Week 49

52 Weeks of Printmaking: Week 49 by Jen Hewett

52 Weeks of Printmaking: Week 49 by Jen Hewett

Week 49: One-color block print on cotton chambray.

I spent the weekend at West Coast Craft (hence the slightly-late print this week), then celebrated my 40th birthday on Monday. Forty! And I received one of the best presents an artist can get – I sold out of work at West Coast Craft. At the end of the second day, I had just a few items left on my table, giving me the saddest little display ever.

I also got to meet so many of you at the show. Thank you for stopping by my booth to introduce yourselves, for bringing me treats to snack on (!), and for purchasing my work. It meant so much to me.

There are just three more weeks left in this year, which means three more prints. I’m also closing my Etsy shop on Monday afternoon, so if there’s anything you want before the new year, please purchase it now. And, finally, I will be opening registration for my block printing e-course next week. There may even be an early bird discount for you. So, if you’d like to be on the mailing list, make sure to sign up this week. You can do that here.

Thank you again for all your support this year! “See” you again here next week.

52 Weeks of Printmaking: Week 47

52 Weeks of Printmaking: Week 47 by Jen Hewett. One-color screenprint on cotton.

52 Weeks of Printmaking: Week 47 by Jen Hewett. One-color screenprints on cotton.

52 Weeks of Printmaking: Week 47 by Jen Hewett. One-color screenprints on cotton.

Week 47: One-color screenprint on cotton.

You get two prints this week! I made pocket squares years ago, but hated sewing the hem by hand. Since I bought my serger a couple of months ago, I’ve been making rolled hems on everything. Seriously. That serger was one of the best investments I’ve made this year.

Winter shows are fast approaching, and I may be freaking out a bit. My first show, West Coast Craft, is in less than two weeks; I still have a ton of printing and sewing to do between now and then. It’s make it work time. I’ll make it work.

 

52 Weeks of Printmaking: Week 46

52 Weeks of Printmaking: Week 46 by Jen Hewett

52 Weeks of Printmaking: Week 46 by Jen Hewett  52 Weeks of Printmaking: Week 46 by Jen Hewett

Week 46: One-color block print on cotton.

I printed this on two different types of fabric this week, and what a difference the fabric makes! One, a tea towel, was super-absorbent cotton, while the other, a cotton muslin bag, still had sizing on it. The tea towel absorbed all the ink so the print was a bit muddy, while the bag, with the sizing making it a bit more slick, allowed the print to sit on top of the fabric. You probably can’t tell from the photos, but the print on the bag is quite crisp and sharp.

I’m practicing on different types of fabric, and on a larger scale, in preparation for next year’s project. Intrigued? I’ll announce the details of that project soon.

In the meantime, you can sign up for my mailing list, and get early registration info for my online block printing class (when it’s ready).