Here’s what I learned at the Atlanta Printmakers Studio, where I took a class on Relief Prints and learned how to create lino cuts and woodcuts.
1. Being an artist is not the same as being a printmaker. I suppose that some artists become printmakers out of necessity, and others like me do it out of a desire to engage with every aspect of the creative production process from start to finish.
2. Any monkey off the street can pick up a tool and become an artist relatively quickly. Only monkeys who are willing to dedicate hours and years of practice can become a decent printmaker.
3. If you get ink on your hands, even a tiny drop, it will get on your papers and ruin your prints.
4. Sobriety is almost mandatory for printmakers, since the basic process involves sharp tools, harsh chemicals, and sometimes heavy machinery.
5. In the corporate world, I design with the Brand Palette. and I learned that this has been a crutch for me because I never have to worry too much about making color decisions.
After many failed attempts at screenprinting, and now getting some experience with relief printmaking, I can say with confidence that being a printmaker is not my dharma. In other words, it’s not what I was put on this Earth to do with my time. Enrolling in the class was a fantastic learning opportunity, nevertheless. I will never again question the value of any handmade print that I am tempted to purchase at an art festival or on Etsy.
Today’s images feature some designs that I created for the class in various stages of the process.
PS: Random sidenote. Did you see in the news today that Etsy is going to do an IPO?