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New Print! Feather Flower–Red

This is the first in a series of three prints. It is a one-color relief print completed this week by Brent Bond of Santo Press. Another laser-cut linoleum block, Feather Flower–Red was hand-inked and printed in an edition of 10. The second iteration in the series is being printed now and should be ready to be signed in a couple of days. It is a 2-color print in vivid colors of cobalt blue and chartreuse. The third edition will be a 3-color reduction print. Flower Feather–Red is the 64th edition Brent and I have completed in just 2 years–setting a world record, I think. We are on fire!

Feather Flower–Red is available for $400 (unframed).

Feather Flower–Red; 2017, laser-cut linoleum relief print, 16″ x 16″ on Stonehenge paper 23″ x 22.5″, edition of 10, printed by Santo Press.

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My Newest Edition from Santo Press!

This one is so new it is not even signed yet! Just printed and published by Brent Bond and his marvelous and incredibly busy Santo Press, this 3-color reduction lino print was both laser-cut and hand-cut. It also has some offset hand inking using sheets of wrinkled wax paper.

While trying to come up with an unusual background texture for this print, (and many failed attempts) I was inspired to create an unusual way to crease the wax paper. It dawned on me that I could try creasing the wax paper the same way silk is creased to form wrinkles in Shibori textile dyeing. This provided an unusual and delicate pattern on the wax paper which I call  Shibori-esque. I rolled a sheet of wax paper on a narrow wooden dowel and then pushed the paper down exactly like the pole-wrapping  technique (minus the string) used in Japan to dye textiles.

Brent masterfully incorporated the wrinkles of the wax paper with it’s lacey creases in an overlay of pale yellow on a darker orange ground. This print is the second of what will be a series of three 3-color reduction linocuts published by Santo Press. You can read about Web Mesh, the first print of the series here.

Web Pathway, Print by Janet Towbin, Web Pathway; 2017, reduction linocut; 10″ x 8″ on 14″ x 11″ paper; variable edition of 30; published by SantoPress.

Shibori technique wax paper sampleA close look at the Shibori-esque wax paper filled with delicate crinkles and patterns.

Brent Bond placing the wax paperPlacing the Shibori-esque wax paper on inked plate for 3rd color off-set.

Brent Bond using a roller to off-set print the 3rd colorBrent using a roller to offset print the 3rd color. The hand pressure exerted by the brayer causes the crinkled wax paper to push into the ink, leaving it’s crazed, lace-like markings in the ink.

brent 3The wax paper is removed, taking away a layer of ink–and leaving the crinkled impression behind. The 2-color print is then run through the press transferring the Shibori-esque, crinkled texture of the wax paper as the third and final color.


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Circle Swirls

My series of four Circle Swirl prints was completed a couple of weeks ago at Santo Press. Printed by Brent Bond, they turned out exactly how I had envisioned them. The key linoleum plate was cut by laser, while the various color states were formed by cutting the separate blocks by hand.

It’s really hard for me to stop at just 4 editions–I could go on and on with many different color combinations.  However, Brent runs a tight ship and has encouraged me to go on to something else. Good advice. The next prints are already in the Santo Press queue–and oddly enough, they are all about STRIPES. That is definitely something else.

Meanwhile, here is the complete suite of Circle Swirls:

Print by Janet Towbin, Circle Swirl,

Circle Swirl, laser-cut linocut, edition of 10, 8″ x 8″ image size, paper 11.25″ x 11″, $100.00

Print by Janet Towbin, Circle Swirl II,Circle Swirl II, 2-color laser-cut linocut, edition of 20, 8″ x 8″ image size, paper 11.25″ x 11″, $ 150.00

Print by Janet Towbin, Circle Swirl III,Circle Swirl III, 3-color handcut and laser-cut linocut, edition of 20, 8″ x 8″ image size, paper 11.25″ x 11″, $ 175.00

Print by Janet Towbin, Circle Swirl IV,Circle Swirl IV, 4-color handcut and laser-cut linocut, edition of 20, 8″ x 8″ image size, paper 11.25″ x 11″, $ 200.00

The suite of 4 Circle Swirls is available at a discounted price of $500.00.

All 6 of the Linocut Swirls series (4 Circle Swirls prints and 2 Twisted Swirls prints) may be purchased for $650.00. That’s quite a deal–less than $110.00 per print!

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Triangulation Series

Here are my newest prints–a series of three in what I am calling the Triangulation Series, printed by Brent Bond at Santo Press. The prints are based on drawings I have been working on for the past decade or so. In this series I have concentrated on bringing color to what are usually black and white drawings. These prints take the drawings to a totally different dimension by adding vivid color. The linocuts are laser engraved which is a very exciting printmaking technique that Brent suggested we try using. It has proven to be a great way to get very sharp and clean lines. Eventually the blocks will be printed as reduction linocuts in three colors each. The prints are in an edition of 20 on 14″ x 11″ paper; image size is 10″ x 8″. They are priced at $100.00 individually or the series of 3 for $250.00.

Print by Janet Towbin, Pathway Orange

Pathway Orange

Print by Janet Towbin, WebMesh Blue

WebMesh Blue

Print by Janet Towbin, Triangulation Green

Triangulation Green

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