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January 18, 2014

Hello, and thanks for following Market Weight Press. This blog has now moved to:

The old one here at will no longer be added to, and eventually will disappear.

I hope you will keep following me at the new blog as I plan to open up a shop at Market Weight Press, post blog posts more regularly, keep a page devoted to new work, and another to upcoming exhibits, etc. You can also find ALL the archived blog posts (that were posted here at the old site) now at the new site. All this and more at:

Thank you!

New woodblocks for Cannonball Press

November 22, 2013

black and white woodcut of hog face and little dog facing off

…by the hair on my chinny chin chin, woodcut, 18in x 24in

portrait of broiler cock, with axe on wood stump out in the window scene

Memento mori G. g. domesticus, woodcut, 24in x 18in.

Did these a month or 2 ago for Cannonball Press. Fun, fun, fun.

Check out their site—they have the most awesome prints.


You can get any of their 18×24″ prints for only $20!!!! Seriously. Check it out.

Cannonball Press rocks.

Happy Halloween

October 31, 2013

Slightly altered header image for our story this week at The Why Files. Fun with vector art lettering:
Happy Halloween!

Upcoming October Intro to Block Printing Class

October 11, 2013

Sat / Sun, Oct 19, 20, Sat 9-4, Sun 10-4.
More info, registration, supply list, photos at Whispering Woodlands – October Workshops.

This is an introductory level printmaking class. Explore how to make block prints using linoleum. Plan, draw and transfer your design, prep, cut and print a linoleum block without a press. Demonstrations will include: different ways to add color to your print, printing on fabric such as silk scarves printed by hand, and a 2-color card/print with basic registration.

hands use wooden spoon to rub/transfer ink from block onto mottled brown silk fabric

Printing small cicada linoleum block onto hand-dyed silk scarf

intricately patterned red and green scarves feature insects, chickens and other decorative motifs

Lino-printed silk scarves. Cicada design was printed by inking and then printing this small, quickly-carved cicada linoblock over and over. This technique of repetitively printing a small linocut is easy to print by hand, without a press.

Focus on a design for holiday or greeting cards if you’d like, giving it your personal touch. Or, consider printing on scarves or tees, with gift making in mind. A smaller block can be carved reasonably fast, and then used as a repetitive motif. Explore the power of the multiple in printmaking… by printing patterned motifs or printing repetitions on fabric and cards. (additional cost for silk scarves, or bring your own t-shirts, all are great affordable gifts)

clydesdales, linocut, lucky book

Clydesdales, Lexington, and Lucky Book
Print: 4x4in, Book: 2x2in.
1-color linocut, hand-carved rubber stamps on dyed/colored masa.

Make your design as simple or as complex as you’d like, but keep details to a minimum and/or size of block small so that you can finish cutting and printing before end of workshop. (5″ x 7″ – 4″ x 6″ ideal. No larger than 8″ x 10″).

Better understand the different substrates for cutting (different kinds of linoleum, rubber, wood, and synthetic materials), different papers for printing on, and the different tools you’ll need for different techniques/substrates.

NOTE: I include the Clydesdales, Lexington print/book above, to show some of the fun things you can do with a simple 1-color linocut (like we will be doing in class), dye and stamps.

Printmaking serendipity=new transfer technique

August 3, 2013

Super psyched… Accidentally printed a linoblock on pressbed, and discovered simple way to recreate new block from old. I’ve always transferred block print to acetate or similar before transferring the print onto another block (this is so I have a backup block in case the original block breaks down–like if ur printing 100 t-shirts….).

This transfer to pressbed instead of acetate is way better. Photo below shows process of each print–each one went thru the press one by one (right to left)–1.)right/original block, 2.)print on plexi/pressbed, 3.) print onto new block of lino (placed it face down over the pressbed print and ran thru press).

Can show each step (got photos), but will do later–have to clean the pressbed!
GrrrKitty transfer

(Oh yeah, and I’d have 2 carve the lino after image is transferred, but that’s the easy part)

#takachpress #marketweightpress #linocut #printmaking

Printing for Printbangerz

August 2, 2013

Printbangerz Ball and Art Market coming up soon (next weekend!), so printing “under $50″ items…. Found some pretty sturdy ripstop nylon bags, smooth enough to print woodcut/linocut on. They even have a cool little toggle-close inner pocket. Here’s a sampling of the designs I’m using:

colorful bags with block-printed designs on them

Ripstop nylon bags with variety of Market Weight Press designs…Polish chicken, GrrrKitty, Big piglet, Praise the Lard

So far, the consensus on FB is Big Piglet, Polish and PTLard. The GrrrKitty I’m saving more for tees.

Here’s one for my neice in a 3T, below. Also printing on grey, pebble brown and pink tees and tanks for women and juniors, and some smaller-sized adult, moss green or grey tees…

Fierce kitten linocut with Grrrr text on pink tee

Grrr Kitty on pink 3T tee. Linocut. Why so fierce? This little kitten was defending her meat and blood from anyone who dared approach. A deer was being processed behind/beside her (not on the linocut here). She (pretty wild little kitten) was guarding and eating everything up. Growling ferociously in her tiny voice and slamming her tiny front paw down on either side of the morsel she was devouring, should you try to come near. Survivalist kitten.

And some different sizes, below.

fierce kitten linocut printed on a variety of colored tees

GrrrKitty tees. Linocut on cotton.

Printing mostly PTLard and Cornish Cock for the bigger adult tees, with some GrrrKitty on women’s pebble brown and grey tees.

Prices for each item will be around $20. Will have available for sale after Printbangerz, when I return and set up my online store–soon I promise.

Frogman’s 2013

July 13, 2013
close-up of toad face

Toad, not frog

litho of hog holding platter with a ham on it. Background letters read: 'Jambons...Le Porc....100% de porc americain.

Final print, “Jambons (Hams)” 9in x 6in, 5-color lithograph (polyester plate litho). CLICK TO ENLARGE

This year at Frogman’s printmaking workshops I’m taking polyester plate lithography with one of my alltime favorite artists: Katherine Polk and Andy Polk. They are great instructors too!

JULY 9: Today I got the keyline color (black) down in a small edition of 10. With this process, the Polks print the black or dark color keyline first.

Tomorrow we start adding color in transparent layers over the black. Very exciting.

All the other colors are primarily a transparent tint base with just a smidgeon of color added. It’s like painting watercolors or dyes over an ink drawing. The effect is translucent, rich, glowing color. It can be magical.

JULY 11: Here are some of the steps below, in order of printing:

black on white prints of hog carrying platter of ham

Jabons prints drying on rack, first layer of ink: black.

2-color print of hog carrying platter of ham

Color 2: salmon.

3-color print of hog carrying platter of ham

Color 3: slightly green cyan.

print of hog carrying platter of ham

Color 4: subtle cream-colored overlay (over whole sheet of paper), to sort of antique the image.

full-color litho print of hog carrying platter of ham

Color 5: Golden orange-yellow layer added to hog/platter/ham section of print.


…is not just printmaking. They have lectures, artists’ talks, museum/gallery walk, karaoke, bowling, open portfolio…all scheduled on different days/eves. Basically, it’s nonstop printmaking by day and night, with social events most eves.

The other night, after midnight, coming home from bowling, I chanced upon this little critter:

side-view, toad on pavement, night sky behind

Someone told me this is a Buffo toad.

And here we are, at the bowling alley/bar near the dorm where we stay…. For bowling, your team has to wear a costume. You’re limited to $5 per costume, and so, many folks head to the local thrift shop to find their costumes. We happened upon plastic flower pots and creepy little rubber human heads, which of course gave us the team name of Pot Heads. Green lace and string for capes…

dark interior of bowling alley, people with flower pots on heads

Meet Team Pothead.

And a close-up of our awesome hats:


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