Orange Barrel on Etsy + Blake’s New Website Design

Posted on Apr 12, 2013 in art, design, online | No Comments

I started an Etsy shop back in 2009, posted a bunch of items, and made a few sales. It was fun! A great way to clean out our inventory of prints to make room for new ones! However, through grad school and the years of working multiple, time-hog jobs afterwards, I largely ignored the shop. […]

DIY Kitchen Printshop Project, Part I

Posted on Mar 26, 2013 in art, DIY | 7 Comments

WE’VE FINALLY STOPPED TRAVELING FOR A WHILE! I loved our printmaking adventures to Nashville and Milwaukee, but I am plumb worn out on the car. Now that we’re home again, in this apartment that is finally starting to feel like home, I’ve gotten started on Kitchen Printshop Project. I’ve been thinking a lot about what […]

Part-Part Time Job

Posted on Mar 1, 2013 in art, design | 10 Comments

I got this Vandercook 2 up and running today! All it took was a bit of SAE 30 in the “grease nipples” (or so I like to call them) and some rust removal with mineral spirits. Putz is coming in the mail soon. I lucked into working with a graphic design professor at BGSU who […]

Flashback: Blake’s Student Work from Murray State

Posted on Feb 12, 2013 in art, teaching | 3 Comments

I have been planning on making a post about student work from last semester for quite awhile now, but I have just gotten around to editing images from the end of the term. I now have a full catalog of work to reflect upon, as well as a couple months–and a few hundred miles–distance to […]

Flocking to the Pump: One Day These Little Drawings Will Grow Up Into Prints

Posted on Jan 21, 2013 in art | 5 Comments

These photographs aren’t great, and they aren’t edited very well (sorry.) But I think these 2 drawings are done. I’ll get up to school sometime soon and photograph these and my other recent pieces more professionally. In the meantime, I plan to start a few more drawings incorporating the crocheted forms and flocks of birds […]

DIY Scratch-Foam Art: The Poor Man’s Relief Print

Posted on Nov 11, 2012 in art, DIY, teaching | No Comments

So, how do you get kids involved in relief printmaking without all of the sharp knives and gouges and the inevitable bleeding thumbs? Scratch-foam boards. Okay, so they seem silly. They’re basically the equivalent of foam meat trays (which you can use in their stead,) but they hold up surprisingly well. And you can use […]

MAPC: No “Lotering” in Cape Girardeau

Posted on Nov 4, 2012 in art, travel | No Comments

We had a great time at our first Mid America Print Council Conference! We spent the last three days in Cape Girardeau, Missouri and had so much fun seeing exhibitions, visiting with old friends, attending panel discussions, ogling new woodcut tools and t-shirts and “lotering” about town with our roomie, Andy. The “Trail of Tears” […]

Dissecting A Frog: The End of Frogman’s Press

Posted on Aug 1, 2012 in art | 2 Comments

After 23 years in Beresford, South Dakota, Lloyd “the Frogman” Menard, professor Emeritus of the University of South Dakota, is closing the doors to his press and gallery and moving to a lovely new Victorian in Council Bluffs, Iowa to enjoy his retirement. The Frogman tried to sell the building as an apartment/ studio to […]

DIY Eraser Stamps with Uncle Chuck

Posted on Jul 31, 2012 in art, DIY | 7 Comments

While studying with the Amazing Hancock Brothers 2nd week of Frogman’s, Uncle Chuck taught us his famous rubber stamp technique. I will now share it with you guys so you can make your own fun rubber stamp collection! All you need to make these stamps at home is a pink eraser, a set of linoleum […]

The Amazing Hancock Brothers

Posted on Jul 24, 2012 in art | 3 Comments

I had a great time second week at Frogman’s studying with The Amazing Hancock Brothers: Charles + John. We learned down-n-dirty carving, printing, transfer and stamping techniques while chugging coffee and getting visibly winded. I got a 12″ x 12″ woodblock and a linoleum block of the same size carved and proofed during the week, […]