Sunday, July 27, 2014

Printmaking Unleashed: Catch up #1!

Hello creative visionaries!!

If you've been following me on my Facebook Art page, you've noticed that I posted days 15-21 (with the exception of days 4 & 16) without links to the corresponding blog posts.

Why have I done that?!
Well, the answer is simple: because I thought I was gonna have some time to write a nice, juicy blog post for each prompt...however, I received some GREAT news concerning my art biz and haven't been able to stay on track, as planned. (Details about the exciting news will be shared in another post, so stay tuned, OK?)

So, today, I will give you a synopsis of the creative prompts, along a short description. Nothing in-depth like the previous ones, but still something to keep your interest.

I hope you enjoy what I've created! Let me know what you think, down in the comment box.

***** I've included a complete list of all the Printmaking Unleashed prompts that I've completed, at the end of this post. *****

By the way, there's still time to follow along, if you wish :)

Off we go!
Day 15 of 31: Black & white art

This is an actual print I created during my undergraduate studies as a printmaker.

I absolutely fell in love with this particular printmaking process! It was very therapeutic for me because the process is sooo repetitive and demanded my full attention. The technique used here is called a "hardground intaglio etching". (The word intaglio is pronounced as 'in-tally-oh')
Martice Smith II; "Lyrical Dawn" (Intaglio hardground etching); featured on Day 15 of Printmaking Unleashed
Intaglio hardground etching, titled "Lyrical Dawn"
You probably would have never thought that "Lyrical Dawn" came from a place of mental anguish and pain, within me.

Not too long before I created this, my Grand Mama V had made her transition into Heaven. I have healed from this, only by the grace of God. He truly is a Comforter for those who are comfortless...

To make a long story short, the concept behind this is about being entrapped, with the only means to escape being in journey of forgiveness and trusting in God.

Day 16: Stencil Print 
Martice Smith II; Day 16 of 31 (Printmaking Unleashed)
I created this postcard for a tutorial called "Packing Tape Postcard". The flower stencil is from Artistcellar's new Pocket Stencils. Isn't it pretty?
*side note: this project has been entered in the New Friday Chevron challenge

Day 17: Free Motion Stitch
Martice Smith II; Day 17 of 31 (Printmaking Unleashed): Free Motion Stitch
::"Dreaming":: Breathing new life into a pile of baby wipes I used to wipe up paint. Watercolor, acrylic paint, cardboard and machine stitching.
Martice Smith II; Day 17 of 31 (Printmaking Unleashed): Free Motion Stitch; detail
close up of cloud and thread. You can also see hand-drawn stars (blue marker)

Martice Smith II; Day 17 of 31 (Printmaking Unleashed): Free Motion Stitch; detail
This is what the back looks like! I thought it looked very interesting with its natural earth tone colors. Looks completely different than the front, don't you think?

Martice Smith II; Day 17 of 31 (Printmaking Unleashed): Free Motion Stitch; detail

Day 18: Acrylic Skin
Martice Smith II; Day 18 of 31 (Printmaking Unleashed): Acrylic Skin
I applied some pink and white acrylic paints onto a plastic sheet and smooshed them together, let dry and peeled them off. I LOVE the marbled look and the unevenness of the texture!

Day 19: Collage  
Using a variety of my handmade stamps, I played around with patterns and complementary color schemes. 
Martice Smith II; Day 19 of 31 (Printmaking Unleashed): Collage
a collage of vintage and notebook  papers, stamped with unique designs. A leaf shape, ornamental shape inspired by Moroccan textiles, arrows, plants and my graffiti script, all combined to create a visual feast of pattern, color and texture!

Day 20: Foam Stamp
Martice Smith II; Day 20 of 31 (Printmaking Unleashed): Foam Stamp collection
a collection of my new foam stamps; fun, fun, fun! Less time consuming to create these compared to carving the rubber block ones.

*** Here's a list of my completed Printmaking Unleashed prompts, as of July 27th ***

Day 1: Found Printing Tools
Day 2: Monoprint
Day 3: Hot Glue Stencil
Day 4: Cardboard Stamp...coming soon!
Day 5: Flower Print
Day 6: Carved Stamp

Day 7: Color Palette
Day 8: Studio Table
Day 9: Art Journal
Day 10: Brayer
Day 11: Pattern

Day 12: Collagraph
Day 13: Doodle
Day 14: Printing Plate...coming soon!


  1. Amazing and gorgeous creations, love!
    I love the acrylic skin and the collage! So pretty! :)

    1. Thank you for visiting and commenting, LaTasha :D You're such a sweetheart! I'm glad you like what I've created for the challenge. I've had sooo much fun with this!

  2. Beautiful work! Thanks for playing in the chevron challenge at Frosted Designs!

    1. Thank you, Megan! So glad to play along with you all.

  3. So gorgeous! LOVING all that texture!!! Thanks for playing along with Frosted Designs!!!

  4. I love yourwork so many great texture ..amazing work!!!!
    Thanks for playing along with Frosted Designs!!!
    Hugs from Brazil


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