Feb
6
2015

AKUA- Pushing the Limits of Printmaking and Beyond

Originally created by professional printmaker Susan Rostow, Akua Intaglio Inks and Liquid Pigment Inks have pushed artists well beyond the boundaries of traditional printmaking. These revolutionary inks possess unique working properties that allow artists creative opportunities unlike anything else on the market:

  • Formulated to dry through absorption not evaporation, Akua Inks possess incredibly long open times meaning artists don't have to rush through their work.
  • Soy- (Intaglio) and gum- (Liquid Pigment) bases make for easy soap and water clean-up and a completely non-toxic working experience.
  • Inks are fume free, removing the need for expensive ventilation systems.
  • Line includes an impressive range of modifiers allowing artists to play with transparency and viscosity, increasing the creative potential offered with each use. 
  • Ideally- suited for a wide range of printmaking techniques, Akua Inks can be utilized for monotype, collagraph, intaglio/ etching and relief printing. 

Made from the highest-quality lightfast pigments, Akua Inks appeal to more than just printmakers. Artists from painters to mixed media artists, photographers to animators have found that Akua Inks open up possibilities beyond the expected. 

 

In addition, the Akua Pin Press makes it easy and affordable to print anywhere. See (below) how Susan Rostow incorporates printmaking, painterly techniques and the Pin Press to create stunning works of one-of-a-kind artwork! 

See the Pin Press in action!

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Feb
5
2015

5 Easy Printmaking Tips

Pro Tips for Printmaking Beginners

Although Printmaking has been around for hundreds of years now, with famous prints from artists such as Rembrandt, printmaking has recently exploded on popular social media sites like Instagram and Pinterest. We here at Jerry's are all for this explosion of impressions, etching, lithography, and lino carvings, so we thought we'd share some advice from professional printmakers to make getting started in this exciting medium easy for even the most novice printmaker.

 

1. Work in Reverse

One of the most important things to remember when printmaking from a plate, stone or block is that your printed image will be the reverse of what you carve into your linoleum or printmaking block. To stay away from a finished project with backward words and images, plan everything out before hand with the end goal in mind so that whatever you create or the words you write end up facing the correct direction.

2. Always make sure your ink is tacky before you apply it

When you're getting ready to ink your block, make sure you apply extra ink to your inking plate before you start rolling with your brayer. While rolling, the brayer should be completely covered and the ink should be "tacky enough" that it makes a sticking sound akin to getting your boots stuck in the mud. 

3. Work Light to Dark

If you plan to use multiple colors in your print, it's best to start with the lightest color first, then work in the darker colors. This will help your lighter colors stand out against the darker backgrounds.

4. Selecting the best prints

When printmaking, you should always make an additional 25-50% more prints (copies) than you'd originally like to, just to cover your bases in case of ink covering issues, too light/too dark etc. Lay all your prints out on a table or working surface and then select the best one. This is called your Artist Proof. From there, your series should be the next best one that matches the proof, that is called your number one print. (For instance, if an addition is ten prints, you want to put that best print as 1/10, the next best print as 2/10 and so on. Museums use this notation style all the time to judge famous prints for their price points when considering buying work- the lower the number, the more valuable!)

5. Want to make clean up easy?

If you want to keep your hands clean from any messy ink, the best way to protect your hands is actually by washing them before you even start getting them messy in the first place. By washing your hands thoroughly with a water-soluble lotion, making sure you get your cuticles, fingernails, and all areas of your hand before you start, the inks will slide right off of your hands while you're working. You'll have such an easy clean up when you're done, you'll wonder why art was ever considered messy in the first place.

 

Feb
4
2015

Announcing the 2015 Valentines Day Art Contest

Chocolate and Roses are Great but...The Gift of Art Lasts Forever!

 

With Valentine's Day right around the corner, you may be looking for a gift for that special man or woman in your life. Chocolate, cards and flowers are nice, but a bit cliche. Why not try for something that's a little more special, something a bit out of the box and a little more creative to show her or him how special they truly are to you. Why not give them something that sincerely represents your love  and compassion for them-something like art!

Valentine's Day Contest

Your art lasts forever and this year, not only will it make a great Valentine's Day gift, but it can also win you some fabulous prizes from Jerry's! Show us your Valentine's Day art and you could win an eGift Card to JerrysArtarama.com. Frame and share a piece of art that represents your love or affection for that someone special in your life. Upload an image of it and share it on our contest page. We'll share it in a special gallery on our contest page and then we'll let our fans vote for the best piece of art. If yours get chosen you can win up to a $150 eGift Card. Heres the breakdown:

First Place: $150 eGift Card to Jerry's Artarama

Second Place: $75 eGift Card to Jerry's Artarama

Third Place: $25 eGift Card to Jerry's Artarama

Enter through Feb. 22nd, then come back to vote for the art that inspires you the most from Feb. 23rd-26th. We'll announce the winners on Feb. 27th.


Here's Last Year's Winning Entry:

First Place Winner

"Daylily"
by Michelle Irizarry

"I painted this daylily as a gift for my mom who has been there for me for years as I battle a long-term illness...without her help and understanding I would not have made it this far."
Acrylics on canvas(22x28 inches)



 

And it gets even better:

For every 100 entries we receive, Jerry's will randomly choose one winner to receive a free Jerry's Prize Pack for that special someone! Enter as many times as you want to increase your odds of winning a prize pack. 

And we are running an additional contest. 

We've hidden 10 hearts on JerrysArtarama.com. Be the first customer to find and email us the URL and specific location of the "Find Me" Heart and you could win a $25 Jerry's eGift card to shop at JerrysArtarama.com. They are hidden on our "most loved" pages. Search quickly because these 10 hearts will be found fast! Send us the email of the location of the heart to promos@jerrysartarama.com

For more information, check out our Valentines Day Contest Page.

If you're searching for the perfect V-Day gift for your special someone, give the gift of art. Find amazing deals in our Jerry's Valentines Day Specials.

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