Daily Archives: December 1, 2009

minouette on Etsy

Wow, Rikrak Studio’s blog is having an amazing giveaway. Through their posting, I found minouette on Etsy! I love many of their prints.

My husband and I love this print, Accept no substitutes for Minouette Linocut!

“This lino block print features my namesake, Minouette (the cat) and the French slogan, ‘Méfiez-vous de la contrefaçon!’ It is printed by hand in dark brown and turquoise on Indian khaki paper and embellished with pen and ink in green. Inspired by a peculiar but endearing vintage French ad, you might translate the slogan as ‘Accept no substitutes’ if you wanted to be snappy, but it is more like, ‘Be suspicious of counterfeits!'”
This is my husband’s favorite too!

Euoplocephalus linocut 1st edition – Hard-headed Vegetarian

Euoplocephalus, a tank of a plant-eating, Late Cretaceous Ankylosaur dinosaur, has a name which literally means well-armoured head. He had fused plated protecting back and neck and triangular horns protecting his face, shoulders and tail. His main weapon was a ball of fused bone which acted as a club at the end of his tail. He was 20 feet or 6 m long, had thick legs to carry his heavy weight and likely ambled through woodlands in what is now Alberta and Montana. This is an original, first edition lino block print on Japanese kozo (mulberry paper) 8 inches tall by 14 inches wide (20.3 cm by 35.6 cm). The edition is limited to 14 hand-burnished prints. The colour is a somewhat variable mixture, reflecting the variability we see in nature. For the month of April, the Mad Scientist of Etsy challenge is the Cretaceous, a geological era 135 to 65 million years ago, which saw the break-up of Pangaea, the development of flowering plants, some first hints of early mammal life, the arrival new dinosaurs but ended with the largest mass extinction of the dinosaurs. The end of the Cretaceous was an end of an era like no other.

Koi Limited Edition Lino Block PrintWho doesn’t like koi? Beautiful to behold, calming to watch, many consider them good luck. Inspired by Japanese textiles, I drew and carved a lino koi”