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I’m an artist, printmaker, designer and compulsive tinkerer. I live and work in Encinitas, California.
My work is inspired by my kids, good stories,everyday life and the creative possibilities of scraps of paper and found images.
I make my art by combining my original drawings and found images, which range from magazine photographs to vintage illustrations. All are painstakingly cut out, reassembled and collaged together to create sensitively rendered portraits, rich with color and detail.

My website is www.kirstenfrancis.com
Facebook- www.facebook.com/kirstenfrancisart
Instagram @kirstenfrancis_art
Twitter @drawcutpaste

Color Reductive Woodblock:
Here is a description of the reductive woodblock technique (cause I can't do anything the easy way). I begin by…

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  • Joined February 2, 2009

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wood, ink, pencil, colored pencils, acrylic paint, glue, paper, cloth, found images, the visual world

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Original mixed media collage and hand...

About

I’m an artist, printmaker, designer and compulsive tinkerer. I live and work in Encinitas, California.
My work is inspired by my kids, good stories,everyday life and the creative possibilities of scraps of paper and found images.
I make my art by combining my original drawings and found images, which range from magazine photographs to vintage illustrations. All are painstakingly cut out, reassembled and collaged together to create sensitively rendered portraits, rich with color and detail.

My website is www.kirstenfrancis.com
Facebook- www.facebook.com/kirstenfrancisart
Instagram @kirstenfrancis_art
Twitter @drawcutpaste

Color Reductive Woodblock:
Here is a description of the reductive woodblock technique (cause I can't do anything the easy way). I begin by drawing my image onto the block (it serves as my template and guide) and carving into the block using Japanese woodcarving tools. I roll the block up with oil based ink and print the first color for the whole edition size. I then carve into the remainder of the same block, apply the second color and print over the impressions of the first step. This process is repeated for each color until the image is completed.

Thus for an 8 color print, I have to carve and print 8 times onto the same paper. At the end of this process, the woodblock is reduced to nothing more than what is needed to print the last color.

It's a difficult process that takes a lot of time and concentration. The result is a truly limited edition of hand pulled prints. Once I'm done, I'm really done.

All copyright and reproduction rights are retained by the artist. Artwork may not be reproduced by any process without the express written permission of the artist.

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