Saturday, December 1, 2007

Quiet, Beautiful

6 comments:

redredday said...

quiet, beautiful and so elegant! like how there are smaller embossed markings when you look at it closer. and your signature looks so perfect below that line.

redredday said...

initially, it makes me think of rivers, streams, a soothing flow...but now, i also see snow and ice cream on top of it all. :).

Nicole Strasburg said...

I never thought about snow and ice. You're right! The original image is from a painting of tide pools. I reduced the image down to shapes and used a band saw to cut it out of 1/8th inch plywood. I soaked all the pieces in water and scrubbed them with a wire brush to bring out the wood grain for the feeling of sand.

Then, like a puzzle I put it all back together on the press and ran it through to test the pressure... thinking that I would eventually ink up the pieces. The white was so lovely and quiet... I still have yet to try it in color.

Thanks for your comments Mien. What are you working on?

Uschi said...

Like Mien said, soothing, calming, like a snowy landscape ...
All these things that only appear by having shadows

Nicole Strasburg said...

Thank you uschi.

redredday said...

hey Nicole, i love it when you talk shop, sharing how things are done. :). it didn't even occur to me that the pieces could be inked up; i guess because the white print looks so complete already. but i'll still be curious to see the inked up variations. i just consciously realized that on just white, the negative/positive space goes back and forth one another. wonder how that will change with color added...

me, still working on my red altered book. just want to be done with it but can't stand the state that it's in right now. i have ripped out a few pages already, which felt really good to do. but now i'm stuck with mending and patching bits and pieces. *sigh*
well, at least the night/weekend is not over yet. hope you're having more fun than i am!

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