Thursday, March 25, 2010

The Age of Aquarius

"Flower Power"
this is what the prints look like in their frames.

"Live Long and Prosper"

"Joy to the World, all the boys and girls"

"Upon a Star"

"Makes the World Go 'round"
This is a series of small mono-prints that I have made to go into the Key West Art Center show "RETRO-WORKS". The Key West Art Center is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a large party and a show of how their member artists interpret the sixties. I chose the age of Aquarius theme and earthy images. These pieces are small, the image and mat are 5" x 7". I had a ton of fun making these. Some of them use oil based inks and some are acrylic paints, each have their advantages. The acrylics dry so fast that if you do a layer you hate, you can wipe it out with a sponge. The oil based inks have that wonderful consistency. The birds are stamps I carved out of Speedball blocks. The words are store bought stencils with Golden's mic------ iron oxide (can't spell it and too lazy to go down to the studio to look it up) which I love to work with. Lots of layering going on in these. At each step I used a discarded mat to isolate the image and decide what the next step would be. The show and party are this coming Sunday and I am looking forward to it.


  1. Nice prints Maggie! Print making is a lot of fun and makes you think in different ways than when painting traditionally. Love your birds and letters. How are you transferring your prints? Are you using a press or roller of any sort?

  2. Hi Tonya, I'm not using a press, (even though I have a slab roller for my clay and I keep thinking that somehow or other it should work as a press, I would just have to figure out how to get the pressure right) I'm just using my hands to press down. These pieces are really small so it was easy. I put some abstract background colors on first by rolling some color on blocks of unmounted linoleum or foam squares from the dollar store and then pressing them on the paper. The flower image was painted on a acrylic plate and then pressed on top of the background. I left the flower image on the plate so I could use it as a template and fill in any areas that needed more work with more color. I stamped my bird stamp on to a piece of paper and cut it out so I could move it around and see where I wanted to place it before I stamped it. Hope that helps. After I did these I got totally obsessed with it and did about another dozen. It is very addictive.

  3. and what a great show it was - glad that we could be there. Was so good to see you and the rest of the gang at 7 Artists.


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