Painting an Apron for OurHouse

It all started when…

Emily Wood Facebook messaged me – “Interested in painting an apron for the OurHouse apron auction event ?”

“Tie One On” Event

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Tie One On is a live and silent auction (of aprons designed by Little Rock area artists) to benefit Our House, which is a shelter for the working homeless in central Arkansas.

I got my aprons from Emily and started working.

I used “The Lady and the Musician” linoleum block to print the patterns on each apron.

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I then mixed gesso and acrylic paint and went over the prints

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These are what the aprons look like when worn.

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I met with Emily to give her the aprons and she gave me two invitations for the event. I invited M of course!

M and I went to the event and it was super fancy! It was at Pavilion in the Park and everything was covered in Christmas decorations.

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Both of my aprons sold!

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Printmaking Workshop Part III

In the Printmaking Workshop Part II, we left everyone’s linoleum block carved, stored, and ready to print.

I covered the tables with paper and handed out (with my lovely assistant Barbara Jones) printing paper, envelopes, palette paper for ink, ink, brayers, wooden spoons, paper towels, stamps, and an ink pad.

Everyone put their aprons back on and I gave an inking and printing demonstration.

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The printing process just took some getting used to, but everyone did a great job! They rolled the ink on the palette paper (which next time, I would just use cardboard strips instead of palette paper because the palette paper is pretty thin and shifts a lot when rolling out the ink). They rolled the inked brayer evenly onto their carved linoleum blocks, and transferred their image using a wooden spoon (rubbing the back of the paper on top of the block using the flat of the wooden spoon).

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Once the prints were a bit dry, they stamped inside of their cards.

  
 

I had 4 out of 12 participants finish their blocks the whole way through.

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Some of the finished prints!

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We took our “artist” picture together.


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Photos: Courtesy of Jessica Zimmerman Belote

Printmaking Workshop Part II

I made it to Romania with my suitcase full of supplies.

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In Printmaking Workshop Part I, I talked about the supplies needed for the printmaking/artisan card making workshop. Now I had arrived, and I was ready to teach how to make prints, and had willing and eager participants. I even had some guys in my class, which was a great surprise!

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I (and my assistant Barbara Jones) handed out everyone’s aprons (courtesy of Sara Bowyer, Stephanie Sue McDonald Baker, Beckie Sudduth, Maryann Baroody, Anita Davis, Mindy Clark, and Denise Nesbitt), drawing pencils (2b), erasers, pencil sharpeners, transfer pencils (6b), sharpie markers, drawing paper, tracing paper, linoleum blocks, and linoleum cutters.

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I instructed participants to draw the outline of the linoleum block and to draw an image inside of the block outline on their drawing paper. For those who were not comfortable drawing, I had some drawings made up that they could trace.

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Once they drew their images, they transferred them to tracing paper.

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They flipped the drawing on the tracing paper to transfer the pencil marks onto the linoleum block.

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Once the image was backwards on the linoleum block, they went over their image using a sharpie marker.

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At this point I demonstrated the proper way to cut (away from your hand and yourself at all times). I assisted in cutting.

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Once everyone’s blocks were cut, we cleaned up our work space and stored the finished blocks for the next session (the printing).

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Photos: Courtesy of Jessica Zimmerman Belote