Tuesday, October 26, 2010


This print is from another demo of monoserigraphy that I did for Kimiko Miyoshi's monoprint class. I tried to improve it this time, because I know some of the students in the class have seen me do this before: I revised the handout, made it more concise, added a part about registration at point of exposure, and added a few bits that I've figured out over the last few months.



I got mad sweaty while I was doing this, too. It's probably because of all the coffee I had at Minona while preparing the screens throughout the day, in and out of my studio.

Monday, October 18, 2010



When we played the boardgame Monopoly, in which you pretend to be a tiny venture capitalist, there’s an extension of the rules called free parking that we never ceased to enforce. All of the fines paid in multicolored game money were placed in the center of the board, to be awarded to the lucky player whose tiny metal car, hat, or shoe lands on the “free parking” square.


The official rules of Monopoly never mention free parking being used in this way, and the game designers only intended that square to be a break, not a sudden windfall, going so far as to insist in interviews that to play this way, to structure the game to have such a big random award, is not to play Monopoly at all.


Everyone wants there to be a reward just for participating, something so good that can happen because you chose to grind away in the system.



The reward at free parking perpetuates the game endlessly, as no one will ever be bankrupted, so like a sitcom past its prime, the players have no risk and move around the board endlessly.

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First Copper Etching

My co-teacher, Brian Borlaug, works almost primarily in copper etching, so for our print survey class he wanted to cover copper for the intaglio section. I've only ever worked with zinc, and the etching class at CSULB also is done with zinc, so I took the opportunity to learn with copper along with the students. We had each of the students do a tiny 3" by 3" copper plate first to get the hang of the medium, in addition to their big plate for the assignment.


Monday, October 04, 2010


This new print is the largest paper print I've ever made. It's 5' by 4' and I had to go buy fleece to jimmy rig as felts because none of the shop felts were anywhere big enough to cover the plate while printing. Fleece doens't work quite as well, but it will do in a pinch. This print is still untitled.


And for extra behind the scenes stuff, here's a picture of the registration guide and of my class critting the piece.

Registration for a 5' by 4' print

Crit of a new print last night.