Word for the day: xylography—the art of making engravings on wood especially for printing.
In other words, a woodcut.
The master of woodcuts was Albrecht Dürer (1472-1528), a German painter and printmaker during the Renaissance.
Here are some examples I saw at a special exhibit at the Phoenix Art Museum last year:
The Adoration of the Magi
Detail of The Adoration of the Magi
Detail of The Annunciation
The complexity in Dürer’s work is amazing, especially when you consider that he carved away everything except what you see–thin lines, dashes, intricate folds and feathers…
You can see his initials (the stylized A surrounding the D) in the details.
What could be better than a unicorn quilt? Two of my favorite things combined. A search on Etsy yielded these patterns. Most of these are for paper piecing. Make a single block for a wall hanging or pillow cover, or make several and add borders for a larger quilt. Click the link under each illustration for more information.
Lisa the Unicorn
Unicorn with geometric background
Small unicorn head–this is a more ambitious project; you should be an accomplished paper piecer before you attempt this one.
Unicorn with rainbow tail
Unicorn with pink mane
Unicorn pillowcase pattern
Which is your favorite? Mine is the small unicorn head, but I’m not skilled enough to make that one. I’m tempted to try the pillowcase, though I’d make the mane in gray and cream rather than purples for a more realistic effect. I prefer real unicorns, with split hooves and goatees, rather than the fake ones that look like horses with a horn stuck on their foreheads.
Today’s prompt is to choose an impossible statement to compose a poem about.
a circle can’t have corners
in a forgotten corner she sits invisible
observing the popular girls
their circle an impenetrable wall
keeping her out uninvited
in first grade they were all friends
in seventh they are not
she is excluded