caribou and bluebirds

13 Feb

This post features the last spread left to share from my “I Remember You” Art House Co-op sketchbook. In 2011, when completing my “Figuring You Out” sketchbook, I was actually working on my first gocco multi-colored print, the elk and six red cardinals, seen above. While printing the final layer of black, I decided to do a proof print directly into my 2011 sketchbook and then painted it in with watercolor. On the left hand side I placed in a heart patterned paper and wrote the words “I heart gocco” in between the shapes.I have actually been working on a counterpart for this image for almost 6 months now and I luckily had all of my stencils finished in time to incorporate the new image into my 2012 sketchbook as a homage to this above page. I chose to illustrate another mega-fauna with an impressive rack to play host to a half dozen beautiful bluebirds: the caribou. Because I’m not in the screen printing stage just yet, I made a xerox copy of my black stencil and did a solvent transfer of it into my sketchbook. I then used watercolor paints to colour them in. The pattern on the left was digitally altered so that it would match the soft blues of the birds and a strip of graph patterned washi tape seals up the spine.I am looking forward to getting the actual screenprint going. These images may have inspired a new series, as I keep jotting down more and more ideas into my sketchbook based on these two pieces. Keep your eyes peeled for the caribou & bluebirds gocco screenprint in the shop, hopefully by the end of the month. Plus don’t forget that since this is the last spread of the volume left to share, I will be posting about the rebound cover and will also show you a video of me “reading” my sketchbook tomorrow!

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4 Responses to “caribou and bluebirds”

  1. Sumi Senthi 13/02/2012 at 09:10 #

    Aw, how lovely! They look like they would go well together. The whole book looks amazing and thoughtful! Looking forward to seeing the cover. x

  2. shelbyisrad 13/02/2012 at 14:05 #

    Getting your posts to my email is pretty much the best thing ever.
    I love this so much.
    I saw a really pretty bird today and thought of you.

  3. Emma Sarah Tennant 13/02/2012 at 14:57 #

    These are beautiful and so imaginative. I agree with shelbyisrad, the prettiest post to my inbox! The bluebird and caribou would make great fabric prints for a dress or skirt.

  4. Jeannine | SaylorMade 17/02/2012 at 20:31 #

    Lovely! A really nice partner to the cardinals. Do you think you might share a how to for the Xerox transfer? I’m curious about your process.

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