I mainly carve birch. Years ago, I switched from MDF (medium-density fiberboard) to birch because I can get a little more detail out of it when compared to MDF. MDF is still a great carving surface—I was just ready for a change!
There are many different suitable surfaces to use for relief printing. I use different surfaces for different pieces, depending on the needs of the project. Some examples include linoleum, baltic birch, maple, and shina. I generally recommend linoleum for beginners.
The blocks I paint are not used for printing. From start to finish, they are always intended as a one-of-a-kind work of art, which is different from the blocks created for printing. I shape the wood, carve the wood, paint the carving, and then put one last vibrant layer of ink on the surface to bring it all together. Equipped with a hanger on the back, it can adorn your walls for years to come!
Woodcut is awesome! It’s a simple answer but true. In a woodcut, every mark has its own personality and can be nearly impossible to recreate. I love the quality of relief prints, and the challenge of thinking through the limitations of the medium to get to the final product. Screen printing might make more sense sometimes, but I just love the process of relief printing and wouldn’t substitute it for anything!
I use acrylic paints—the thinner the better—and whatever brand has the best colors. It’s not the quality or brand name of the materials you use—it’s how you use them. You can find out more info on the What Do You Use? page.
That’s my handy dandy press! More specifically, my go-to press is a Conrad E-15 etching press. I have a nice collection of various presses. They are all practical for different needs and satisfying to use in their own way!
A few of my other presses include:
Antique Kelsey Mercury Model 5×8 Excelsior Tabletop Platen Press
No. If you want, I can do a take on your logo, but as a general rule, I don’t replicate anyone’s work. I am fortunate enough to be able to focus on creating my own work, and I simply do not have the time or desire to work in this manner. Plus, there are many cheaper and quicker ways to duplicate your logo and branding.
Yes! If you like my work and my style, I am more than happy to work on a freelance piece for you. Keep in mind that my work is very consistent, so if you are looking for something drastically different that what you see on my website and portfolio, I may not be able to help you. However, if you love what you see and want to incorporate a Noosh! design into your brand, we can work together!
My freelance rate is currently $50/hour for design work. Additional fees may be required depending on the project. Please contact me for further information. Be as detailed as possible so I can answer to the best of my ability.
It really depends. Each carving is different—how large is the carving, how much detail, and is there a lot of black or white area? The short answer is: Smaller carvings take me 30 minutes to an hour. T-shirt blocks take me 2–5 hours on average. Skate decks take me 8–15 hours. Every project is different, and my pace has come from experience, having carved since about 2008.