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BeastlyBeasties Original Drawing to be Auctioned off for Haiti

I was recently asked by Frank X. O’Leary”  to donate a drawing for a fundraiser for Haiti this Saturday, 27th February at St. Georges Church in Maplewood, NJ. The money raised by SOMA Artists for Haiti will be donated to Partners In Health. This organization has been working in Haiti for over 20 years providing health care for the poor. The event is from 4:00 to 7:00 pm and includes a silent auction of art work and music by some of Maplewood and South Orange’s talented artists and musicians. I am sure it will make a welcome break from the two day snow storm we are having… Frank was very nice and came by to pick up the piece yesterday evening just in case the hill I live on becomes impassable in the snow…

And so I give you “haiti”,  ink drawing, mat size 11″ x 14″, drawing 7.5″ x 9.5″

"haiti" ink drawing by BeastlyBeasties

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Don’t Miss BeastlyBeasties at Booked 7, South Orange, NJ

February 25 – March 13
10:00 – 4:00 daily
Opening reception: March 4, 6:00 – 9:00pm
Guest speaker: Book Artist and Digital Printmaker Mary Taylor at 8:00pm

March 13th, Tend Your Garden: 2:00 – 4:00pm
A silent auction of over 25 artistically transformed papier mache lunch boxes by members and guests of The Book Arts Roundtable.

Special live auction at 3:00pm of lunch box created by guest artist Deb Mell.

The annual book arts exhibition “Booked 7” is about to open at the Pierro Gallery in South Orange, NJ. I delivered my book “A Walk With Crocodile” this morning. This is always a much anticipated event. This year there will also be a silent auction on March 13th, to benefit the Hillside Food Bank of New Jersey and Artist Proof Studio in Johannesburg, South Africa. Kim Berman and Nhlanhla Xaba founded Artist Proof Studio (APS) in 1991. They train between 80 and 100 South Africans  from economically disadvantaged backgrounds to become professional artists and well-rounded citizens who will make a difference in their communities and society as a whole. I am especially interested in this cause and will be donating a drawing to be auctioned off,  as I was born in Africa, lived in South Africa, and still have  family there.

This book project has been keeping me busy since May of 2009. Each day I have completed a part of a drawing.  The book took on a life of its own, growing to forty-two pages, of fold outs, and peek throughs. I have been posting the progress of the book at “a beastie a day” . As the days went by the project became more elaborate and I realized that it was all about “Crocodile” ! I hope you enjoy it.

exhibition postcard designed by Diane Gerard

exhibition informationA Walk With Crocodile by BeastlyBeasties

the end...

The BeastlyBeasties Studio

Bob likes to chew on my friendly dragon...

I am currently working on a book of drawings called: “A Walk With Crocodile” for the BookArts show at the Pierro Gallery in South Orange, NJ – Feb. 25th to March 13th.  Drawings for the book can be seen on ,my blog “A Beastie A Day“.  Will I finish in time…. that is the question… At the moment I am taking a break to post some photos of my messy studio…. oh, and it’s snowing outside… luckily it is not a snow day…

Bob keeps me amused and is good company...

This is where I draw, it used to be the dining room...

Push the blue guy down and a message pops up... wish you were here

I love the curls of this wine stand I found at the Morrow Turnover sale in Maplewood...

The view from my studio... snowing today...

Another Beastly Book

    Hand bound artist's book. The covers and pages are all sink art paper that I colored. The book is bound by sewing over leather tapes with the link stitch. I hated the bright green leather that I ended up using, as I was not properly organized. As a result I used sandpaper to age the leather and remove the bright green. Originally, I was going to feed the tapes back between the covers through slots. This looked ugly to me, so I left the tapes loose and sewed on some beads. The title is written in calligraphy on brown paper.Hand bound artist’s book. The covers and pages are all sink art paper that I colored. The book is bound by sewing over leather tapes with the link stitch. I hated the bright green leather that I ended up using as I was not properly organized. As a result I used sandpaper to age the leather and remove the bright green. Originally, I was going to feed the tapes back between the covers through slots. This looked ugly to me, so I left the tapes loose and sewed on some beads. The title is written in calligraphy on brown paper.
All the pages of this book have beasties drawn on the sink art paper. Circular cut outs are positioned throughthe pages. This book was recently in the "Booked 6" show at the Pierro Gallery in South Orange, New Jersey.

All the pages of this book have beasties drawn on the sink art paper. Circular cut outs are positioned through out the pages. This book was recently in the "Booked 6" show at the Pierro Gallery in South Orange, New Jersey. See: http://maplewood.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/03/19/reviewing-booked-6-at-the-baird/#more-1699 for a review of the show.

Printing Beastie Cards on the Vandercook

The following images will give you a visual idea as to how letterpress printing is done on a flat bed proofing press.  This  press is a Vandercook 20 Rigid Bed Roller Series Proofing Press. I print at the Baird Center in South Orange, NJ. I print on Stonehenge paper. When I have finished printing, I pull lots of proofs on scraps of newsprint, with out inking up the plates. This is a great way to get the excess ink off the plates. The plates are then cleaned with cooking oil. I leave a thin coat of oil on the plates and then store them in air tight zip lock plastic bags. The ink is scraped off the inking plates using a palate knife, I  then clean evrything with cooking oil, using paper towels to wipe away the ink.  BeastlyBeastie cards and prints can be found on my Etsy site. Thanks for looking.

Vandercook 20 Rigid Bed Roller Series Proofing Press

Vandercook 20 Rigid Bed Roller Series Proofing Press

the rollers have been inked

the rollers have been inked

ink is on the second inking plate waiting to be rolled and spread

ink is on the second inking plate waiting to be rolled and spread. This press as an inking plate at each end

locking in the magnesium plate and checking for position

locking in the magnesium plate and checking for position

locking in the two plates and checking for position

locking in the two plates and checking for position

magnesium plates mounted on wood are locked in to position using furniture

magnesium plates mounted on wood are locked in to position using furniture

using a print out of the image to check that the positioning is good

using a print out of the image to check that the positioning is good

a piece of newsprint the same size as the paper to be printed on is placed in position on the plates and the drum is rolled across until it grabs the paper.

a piece of newsprint the same size as the paper to be printed on is placed in position on the plates and the drum is rolled across until it grabs the paper

tape is placed on the drum to mark where the paper should sit

tape is placed on the drum to mark where the paper should sit

the plate is not inking up evenly. Small pieces of paper are put under the plate to raise the areas that are not inking.

the plate is not inking up evenly. Small pieces of paper are put under the plate to raise the areas that are not inking

a proof is pulled on the newsprint. Any needed adjustments are made before printing on the good paper.

a proof is pulled on the newsprint. Any needed adjustments are made before printing on the good paper

a mock up I made from proofs to help with positioning.

a mock up I made from proofs to help with positioning

masking tape is used to mark the four corners whers the paper should sit.

masking tape is used to mark the four corners where the paper should sit

a proofon newsprint. I have folded it to double check that my positioning of the logo is good.

a proof on newsprint. I have folded it to double check that my positioning of the logo is good

prints drying

prints drying

printing fea

printing fea

fea drying

fea drying

More From The Beastie Book

the front section is completed, I will come back later and add to the back ground

the front section is completed, I will come back later and add to the back ground

the tail section is complete

the tail section is complete

working back to the tail

working back to the tail

the tail is done

the tail is done

the tail of another beast is added

the tail of another beast is added

This is a book that I bound using the sink art paper that I made. It is perfect for beasties. I use a MICRON pen, the paper is Arches 90lb. This is a work in progress for a Book Arts Show in South Orange in March at the Baird center.

Printing Greeting Cards

I spent Thursday of this week at the Baird Center in South Orange printing greetings cards for my Etsy store on this great Vandercook 20 Rigid Bed Roller Series Proofing Press. I use a magnesium plate mounted on wood, rubber base plus ink and print on Stonehenge paper. I love this ink as it has no smell and can easily be cleaned up with cooking oil. No nasty fumes! The print on the drum is “masegba.” I will post some more pics soon, to show the process in more depth. Happy Valentine’s day!

Vandercook 20 Rigid Bed Roller Series Proofing Press.

Vandercook 20 Rigid Bed Roller Series Proofing Press.

masegba being printed

masegba being printed