I went outside and kissed the ground to thank Mother Earth for this wonderful herb. This tastes much like green tea with a more woody flavor but unlike Camellia sinensis my biological make up responds to this in a much more calm, relaxed but sustained way with an overall feeling of well being. I don’t know about anyone else’s experiences with Yerba Mate but if they are similar to mine then the coffee and tea industry may have something to worry about. Now can anybody point me to where I can get one of those hand held gourds so I can get the whole South American effect?

Got the Copic Multiliner 0.05 pen. It’s a great pen but boy are these dots small. Stippling in one inch takes eternity.

Got the Copic Multiliner 0.05 pen. It’s a great pen but boy are these dots small. Stippling in one inch takes eternity.

Sankofa Adinkra Carving

"Reach back and get it." - the symbol of the wisdom in learning from the past in order to build the future. 
5x7 hand carved linoblock

Sankofa Adinkra Carving

"Reach back and get it." - the symbol of the wisdom in learning from the past in order to build the future.
5x7 hand carved linoblock

A lovely fan in London tweeted me this wonderful pic of one of my carvings that she purchased.

A lovely fan in London tweeted me this wonderful pic of one of my carvings that she purchased.

Last carving for my Adinkra mini series. Next on the carving block: Zodiac signs. It’s been requested to start out with Capricorn, so all you lovelies born under the Goat stay tuned.

Last carving for my Adinkra mini series. Next on the carving block: Zodiac signs. It’s been requested to start out with Capricorn, so all you lovelies born under the Goat stay tuned.

How-To On Carving Linoblocks

As an artist on occasion I’m asked “How do you create your art?” And enthusiastically I’ll try to explain how it’s done but often, without visual cues, the process is a bit lost to the listener if I don’t have my tools and materials on hand. So here, I decided to do a short post on how I craft my linoblock carvings. For this demo I’ll be going through the steps on how I made the African Adinkra symbol for the power of love, “Odo Nnyew Fie Kwan”. 

Tools: 
-linoleum block 
-Speedball cutter 
-Acrylic 
-my design 

1. First I draw out the design on the linoleum block and since I don’t intend on using this for making prints in the usual custom of printmaking, I’m not concerned with reversing it. 

2. Next I take my Speedball cutter to trace the outline. The Speedball cutter comes with six gouges that provides various forms and shapes for cutting into the linoblock. Using the #6 gouge I trace my design so that the cut can provide a stopping point for when I start removing the linoleum. Next I use the #2 gouge to trace the outline again. Once I’ve finished that I take the #5 gouge and start removing the rest of the linoleum from around the design. 

3. With all of the linoleum removed, my design is ready for some color. For color I use Speedball Super Pigmented Acrylic, painting it on with a brush evenly for a strong black color. 

4. Once the ink has dried I finish my carving off with a high gloss varnish to give the design a wood-like shine but also to give it a permanent non-removable protection from dust and moisture. 

5. Last but not least I affix a sawtooth hanger to the back for easy wall hanging.

And there you have it. A brief demo on how I carve linoblocks. Be sure to check out my available carvings at: http://worldoflildots.storenvy.com

Waiting

Waiting

Morning Rituals

Morning Rituals

Lotus Koi - 2011

Lotus Koi - 2011

The Power Of Love Adinkra Carving

“Odo nnyew fie kwan.” - Love never loses its way.
5x7 linoblock carving.

The Power Of Love Adinkra Carving
“Odo nnyew fie kwan.” - Love never loses its way. 5x7 linoblock carving.

Lil’ baboon.

Lil’ baboon.

Next on the carving block: “Odo Nnyew Fie Kwan” - the power of love Adinkra symbol.

Next on the carving block: “Odo Nnyew Fie Kwan” - the power of love Adinkra symbol.

Up early waiting for the sun to rise.

Up early waiting for the sun to rise.

Time lapse clip of me putting the finishing touches on “Manaka Dawn”.

 Lilitu
Before there was Eve, there was Lilitu.

6x8 ink drawing.

Lilitu
Before there was Eve, there was Lilitu.

6x8 ink drawing.