Bi- Cycling

May 4, 2020

I wanted to turn a paperback Bible into a collection of 5 smaller books.

Covers and guts.

I designed 5 symbols for the covers that captured the theme of the contents and freehanded them onto the covers.

Cover for volume 4

Creative re-use of a Speed Stick dispenser

April 27, 2020
Before and after

Remove the guts. Use packing tape to attach a cardboard base. Remove stickers and decorate with paint pens. What results is a sin and portable art tool container.

Painting With Cupcake Frosting

January 19, 2020

Wayne Thiebaud painted cakes, Oil paints so thick that they resembled actual cream frosting. Some friends brought over some cupcakes that had an excessive amount of frosting. Once harvested they made great paints for an impromptu portrait.

Lithography with aluminum foil and coke

December 31, 2019

I was looking through Kitchen Lithography: hand printing at home from buttons and bags to postcards and pillowcases, by Laura Sofie Hantke and Lucas Grassman And thought I would give it a go. After two failed attempts, I achieve success using oil pastels rather than my liquid dish soap (which may not have enough oil in its contents). With a proof of concept out of the way, I am excited about the future of this DIY alternative to traditional, studio lithography which is outside my price range.

I recommend the book which is very thorough and filled with both visual examples in clear instructions. The only idiosyncratic and mildly irritating part of the book’s design is that the steps Of the process are found on tiny 2.5×5″ “pagelets” inserted between the books pages.

My personal recommendations if you want to try this out:

  1. Set up your space first
  2. It’s going to get messy, so be ready for the cleanup
  3. Keep in mind that what will print Is the design that you are drawing on your printing plate using your oil based medium
  4. “Step 4” Is confusingly titled “removing the residual Ink” Which is followed in step five by “inking the printing plate”. Step four is really about removing your initial marks, in my case with oil pastels.

Printing plate (aluminum foil wrapped around the glass plate) With the design already etched using a can of Coke.

Inked printing plate (Now removed from the glass substrate)

One of the impressions from my design printed on regular computer paper

There seem to be some videos and other websites did they discuss this process as well that might be worth looking into before you jump in. However, as the title suggests, there is very little we need to purchase outside of what you have on hand at your house, provided you have some basic art supplies and perhaps some oil based paint.

Inktober Finale

October 31, 2019

The Spooky Finale

Inktober Day 30

October 30, 2019


Inktober Day 29

October 29, 2019

Make me a Sandwich

Inktober Day 28

October 28, 2019

A Good Start

Inktober Day 27

October 27, 2019

Train wreck

Inktober Day 26

October 26, 2019

A Real Page Turner