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Fused Glass Relief Print


Can You Hear Me

Fused Glass Relief Print

5″ x 5″ x 3/4″

I know it’s been awhile since my last post, but I’ve been working on a technique that combines relief printing and glass fusing.  This is the result.  It’s printed using glass powder on multiple pieces of clear sheet glass, which are then fused together to make an image /object the viewer can look into.  More to come, but I’m very excited.

Have a great day!


I Love My Job+Examples OF Printmaking In Glass Art

So, I’m a few weeks into my new job at Bullseye Glass, and I am having a blast.  I get to talk with artist’s about their work and process; I have learned so much about kiln-formed glass; and I really enjoy working with the people I work with.

One thing I am constantly impressed with at Bullseye is the drive to break new ground in regards to kiln-formed glass art, and how often this drive involves printmaking processes.

In todays post I’ll share some examples of this marriage by giving a shout out to Louise Krampien.  Louise works in the Research & Education Department at Bullseye and has developed a kiln cast glass making technique involving relief printmaking.  She is also teaching a course on this style here in Portland on August 17th.  Yesterday I set up a display of these pieces in the Resource Center to highlight the class and technique and was so impressed I feel it necessary to share.  They are amazing!




I’m scheduled to work two of the four days this course is going on and will most definitely be peeking in.

If you want more info on this class, here is the link:


Have a great day.


What I’ve Been Up To+Craft Shows+New Prints Coming

Just an update on some things I’ve been up to since I returned from Pittsburgh.  

I participated in the Crafty Underdog event held at the Bob White Theater on June 3rd.  A Fantastic history to the theater including a gentleman named Dale Haskin who purchased it in the 1990’s to house his Wurlitzer organ pieces.  The Bob White is in the process of being renovated to be a functional space again, and I was excited to be a part of this first weekend reopening.  Thanks Crafty Underdog.  There are two more days of events in the Bob White Theater this June 23rd and 24th.  I will not be participating, because that is my 6th wedding anniversary weekend.  But do check them out if you are in Portland.  You can find out more info on their website:


I wanted to show my setup for the event, because it really is a simple thing that anyone can do when needing to display their work.  I used a 3 panel cardboard display board, which I got at SCRAP, painted it with gesso to make it white and hung samples of my work with thumb tacks.  The only real “construction” was screwing an empty cardboard box to the back of the board as a support so the display didn’t topple over.  Not really exciting so I didn’t take a picture.  Alyssa set up my table and I think it looked great.  She’s good at that kind of stuff.

An old wine box that I acquired from a previous job held all of the inventory and propped up a few collages.  I cut out and hand typed 100 business cards for this event.  I love how much people enjoy sifting through the stacks to get just the right one.  It’s free art.  What’s better than that?

Alyssa purchased this brand new battery operated camping lantern that worked wonderfully during the event as a little beckon of light… A little light house directing people to my space.

The last thing I want to show is my banner.  I cut the letters for Drew Kail out of black and white woodcuts.  The drewkail.wordpress.com is cut out of reused black mat board.  Everything was then glued to a piece of bristol board.  Pretty easy and I’ve used it for a few shows now, so it’s held up extremely well.

Events like Crafty Underdog are great to get exposure for your work, and I wanted to show that you can make a really nice display for almost no money.  I plan on building a wooden version of the cardboard display board with a hinge, but that’s another day.

Other than hanging out at craft shows I’ve been working on some new woodcuts.  I was carving on our back deck last weekend when the weather was beautiful and Alyssa took some pictures.

I carved two separate blocks that day.  This one is a piece of found MDF Board.  Originally the image was carved into reused linoleum, however, the lino had some sort of ink resist on it which made printing a quality image out of the question.  To remedy the situation, I printed the lino on the found MDF, which I will then print on the paper.

Here’s a better shot of the image.

I love working outside, because you can just sweep all of the wood shavings into the backyard.  I began printing the second block I cut that day and should have pictures up soon.

Have a great day!

Copyright©2012 by Drew Kail

New Business Cards+Analogue And Proud of It

Last night I attended a networking event hosted by I Heart Art Portland.  I think it went very well.  I met a lot of interesting people and made some connections in the art community.  For the event I decided that new business cards were needed.  I racked my brains for ideas, concepts and styles and nothing seemed to work , until….

I decided to cut up some of my proofs and slightly flawed prints into business cards.  This way, not only does the person have my information, but also has a unique piece of my work as a reminder of what I do. I cut them close to double the height of a normal business card and slightly less in length.

For the backs, I bought mailing labels.  At first the game plan was to design a template and print 50 labels by computer, however, the template took forever to download and I couldn’t figure out how to use it.

Enter in the typewriter.

I’ve had this typewriter for years and years.  I don’t even remember how long, and it still works great, even if I had to tape the lid closed.

I hand typed 50 labels.  Sounds tedious, but oddly… I actually really enjoyed it.  The smell of the ink and the ticking on the hammers was fantastic.  I’m an analogue kind of guy, and sometimes I forget that.

The greatest thing, for me, was that I was listing my email, twitter and blog address by typewriter.  So conceptual.

Here’s the link to the I Heart Art Portland website:


Have a great day.

Copyright©2012 by Drew Kail

Some Things In The Works

I’ve been working on a new reduction print for a few weeks now.  Sorry no process shots, but I didn’t as yet have my rechargeable batteries for my camera.  Now I do.  So far I’ve printed five colors: pale yellow, two shades of orange, a light red and a very light red-violet.  I decided to print many somewhat transparent colors to build up a hopefully grainy and radiating surface.  Helen Frankenthaler  and Toshi Yoshida’s abstract works were my inspiration for this venture.  It seems to be working, I only hope it continues.  I didn’t give a close up shot of the print, because the details have only just begun to become separate from the atmosphere.

I’ve also been planning my next print, which is going to be larger in scale.  It’s another reduction, this time on mMDF board.  I love using MDF for woodcuts.  In fact, most of the woodcuts on my blog are done from MDF.  It’s inexpensive, often I can reclaim it, and it’s thick enough to use both sides.  MDF stands for medium density fiberboard and you can find it anywhere you buy lumber.  It’s basically particle board, and gives a gorgeous flat black print.

Here are some of my prints done from MDF board:

“It’s Easy To Believe”


“It Only Takes A Second To Make An Observation”

I have never attempted a color MDF print, let alone a multi-colored reductive MDF print, so I figure it’s way past time.

The print is much larger scale than the last few, but I always presoak the paper to get a lot of the starch out.

I rigged two runners of fishing line to accommodate the extra weight from the soaked paper.  It still all sagged into one bunch, but that’s okay.  I also cut the registration board  this morning and it’s about 5-6 times the size of the previous ones.  I’m pretty excited.

Have a great day.

Copyright©2012 by Drew Kail

A Look Into My Studio+Reduction Print+Step 7

Back in the tub.  Today I’m printing the key block, or black color which usually means the print is finished.  I have a final idea that I may incorporate, but want to see how this works out first.

Since this may be the last color I do, I have carved away almost everything except for outlines and the tower-like structure in the top right.

It’s important to note that I do not print in the near dark.  the lighting is so bad in my studio for taking pictures that I shut them off and rely on daylight.  Lately, it seems, the days I can get some printing done are the leftover days of the Portland gray winter sky.  I can’t wait for spring to come.

I’m happy with it, but still tempted to try to push it further.  We’ll see how it looks in a few days.

Have a great day.

Copyright©2012 by Drew Kail

A couple of things

Just a Monday morning update of a few things from over the weekend.  A couple of days ago I posted how I had found one of my first reduction prints while I was sorting through some paper.  The print discovery continues!  This morning I came across a sleeve of prints in which I was experimenting with drypoint etching on broken or previously cut acrylic.


All of the prints were completed on oddly shaped acrylic that I purchased at SCRAP.  The idea was to draw freehand on the acrylic with an etching needle and allow the predetermined shape to influence my thoughts.  There are more than this one, however, my camera ran out of batteries after taking this photograph.  The rest will be updated later.

On another note, I wanted to share an image of the linoleum block for one of my next prints.

I cut out the linoleum in preparation for the first color, but as in most of my work, I’m going to keep the final image pretty open to change.  I don’t have a set number of colors, and I’m not sure if all the shapes will stay in the print.  We’ll see.  This piece of linoleum is  leftover from the reduction block I’m currently working on and showing the process of.  The whole piece was a scrap from a black and white block titled “The Area Between”, printed in 2010.  I try to use every remnant of every material to prevent it from ending up in a landfill and also because I feel that even the tiniest scrap can be useful in the creative process.

“The Area Between”

I’ll keep you posted on how this reduction goes as well.


Copyright©2012 by Drew Kail

The South Waterfront

A quick post today.  Yesterday I was going through some paper in preparation for my possible next print.  I say possible, because I have a lot of ideas right now and don’t know which to tackle first.  Anyway, I was going through some paper and found this print.

“The South Waterfront”

Image size: 4 7/8″ x 4″

This was one of my first reduction prints from a few years ago.  I printed the green and blue at the same time and then carved away to next print the brown and then the black.  It is an edition of seven.  I’m really happy to have rediscovered it.

Have a great day.

Copyright©2012 by Drew Kail

A Look Into My Studio+Reduction Print+Step 6

It’s time for another color.  I’m getting close to the finish, I just haven’t decided on how many more steps to include.  I like to print a color and then ignore the image for a day or so.  That way when I come back to the studio all of the ideas that were influenced by the last printing have somewhat evaporated  and I can look towards the next step more impartially.

On another note, color-wise, we are getting darker.  So todays color is THE closest point of the image to the viewer.  In keeping with the red, blue, orange (and the red+blue combo that is purple), I chose a dark, saturated blue.

 I mixed a little of the previous purple into the blue and expect the last printing to influence the color as well.

I’ve carved out the rest of the background and some of the waving lines up front that I want to remain purple.  Also, I’ve selectively inked the plate to highlight the lighter blue lines in the middle ground and create a water pool as the foreground.

It was actually a relatively light day outside for this time in Portland.  Not sunny, not rainy, just not dark and gray.  I’ll take it.

Now to forget about it for a couple of days, but first, I want to share a brand new addition to my work space.

I noticed that the prints weren’t drying as well in the cardboard box recently.  My wife Alyssa and I chalked it up to how humid the house has been with all the late winter Portland rain.  So I made this hanging device.  I used hemp twine and binder clips.  Both were purchased at SCRAP.  The hemp twine I’ve had for a few years and don’t remember how much it was, but the binder clips were something like five cents each.  I use that nice green bag to hold all of my binder clips, and as you can see, I cover my work area with tarps when I’m finished for the day.  This ensures both cat safety and print safety.  I don’t want my little wonders to get into anything I may have missed during cleanup, although I’m pretty thorough, and I don’t want their little hairs all over my work area.  Win-Win.

Until the next color,

Have a nice day.

Copyright© 2012 by Drew Kail

A Look Into My Studio+Reduction Print+Step 4

It’s that time again.  Time for the next layer in my reduction print.  I’m very happy with the shade of blue from last time.  I think it creates a good separation between the background and what will eventually be the foreground.

For this layer I will focus on what color I want in the top left corner where there is a line pattern in a square.

It should stand out, so I chose red.  I’m still inking much of the plate.  This is done because I would like the red to affect the following colors in order to maintain the palette relationship.

The next step is to begin darkening and separating the foreground.  But first, the ink has to dry for a few days.

I always work on more than one project at a time in order to not become stagnant between steps.  Right now I’m focusing a lot of attention to collages and preparing for the next print.  It also will be a reduction.  I’ll keep you posted.

Have a great day.

Copyright © 2012 by Drew Kail