Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Armadillos


This weekend I took the same class on Moku Hanga with April Vollmer that I took last year; my first Moku Hanga anniversary, the first anniversary is, appropriately, PAPER.  Having found out the image size the week before, I took some time in my design. I wanted to see  how much one could do with just two colors. The PAPER we got in class was a very nice, strong, very white, but delicate PAPER, which was quite unsuited for the large areas of color in my design. I think I am a glutton for color, though you wouldn't know it from the way I dress. When I was young I used to beg my mother to take me to the shopping center so I could look at the clothes displays. I loved seeing all the colors together.....My print in class was not so good because the paper had a buckling issue due to excessive dampness from my large color areas and so registration was off. And I wasn't entirely happy with the design.  Tenaciously and doggedly I cut and tweaked at home and printed on some thicker paper, Masa. Not the best in the world, be adequate for my needs. This print at 7 X 9 inches is bigger than I am used to working. So far all my work has been 5 X 7 inches or smaller. I experimented with a few color combos, shown are the ones that worked at all........


Pink!??? I never thought I would make a pink armadillo!


Cobalt blue and gold, my scanner doesn't want to show the blue correctly.

Again, Cobalt blue and olive green with a little gold in the corner.


Tyler says: I like to eat colors.

Sydney says: When is the Greens anniversary?

18 comments:

FrecklesandDeb said...

Never thought we would think that an armadillo would be beautiful, but they're kind of cute! Especially in blue!

Under a Tin Roof Sky said...

Not having such fine motor skills it's fascinating for me to see the process unfold. You're very diligent, Miss D and the armadillos are very rabbitish.

It would be interesting to know what the kids are thinking in these photos...they look lovely with primary and secondary(?) colors (I hope you've recovered from your flopping spell).

Annie B said...

Amazing what you can do with just two colors! I love your armadillos, all of them. Do you know the name of the paper you used in the workshop? Happy moku hanga anniversary.

bunnygirl said...

I like all of them, but for different reasons. I think the main armadillo stands out best in the center pic, though, and the last is most restful on the eyes.

Alice said...

a pink armadillo???? you're brilliant. it's gorgeous. which museum gets it? or are they all fighting over it? maybe do rock paper scissors for it.

Alice said...

oh and i almost forgot i found some honeysuckle as per your suggestion...they looooooove it!

Alice said...

oh and i almost forgot i found some honeysuckle as per your suggestion...they looooooove it!

Rabbits' Guy said...

Uh boy does that take one back ... I DO remember those physcodelic pink and green armadillos and such ... but that was another place, another time! Know the CCR tune about ... tra la la ... "looking out my back door ..." or some such?

Crafty Green Poet said...

Lovely pictures, the armadillos look very cute! The Spots do too!

Glenna said...

I love the armadilloes and their colors--I'd love to stitch them in exactly those colors.

Tyler and Sydney look as if they're having a blast with their greens and colors.

Rabbits' Guy said...

I FOUND IT!!!

http://bestiarumvocabulum.wordpress.com/2009/03/30/pink-fairy-armadillo/

I KNEW I wasn't losing it!

furrybutts said...

I like the pink armadillo :D but of course, amongst all the pics, I love the Spots best!

Debra James Percival said...

Wonderful prints! Always love the rabbits.

Mary-Laure said...

I love the blend of orange and pink, and your armadillos are just the best. Very happy art.

RoadBunner said...

More great prints! I love the green and blur army :)

Tyler is so sensitive with his flowers.

M.Kate said...

Nice prints D...very colourful and love the different texture and combination. Pink armadillo is well cool!! and yes, you bunnies eat more greens and colours too...happy week ahead,love/M

Andrew Stone said...

Dear D.M.

You have a great color sense in your prints and make great use of vibrant, clean colors.
I like the pink armadillos.
I grew up in Florida and had these critters around all the time (well, just at night) they're really ugly up close but cute too in a hairy, scaly, fleshy kind of way.

Junkstylediva said...

I like the pink armadillo