Oktoberfest – Beer Stein Block Print

Posted by on Sep 8, 2013 in Etsy Products, Journal Entries | No Comments
Oktoberfest – Beer Stein Block Print

October is fast approaching. This is my favorite time of the year as the leaves change color, and there’s a cool breeze in the air. Leading into October, many communities in Germany celebrate Oktoberfest, a celebration of community and beer. In America, this is a time where we celebrate with many of the German immigrants, […]

Spirit of the Mountains – Copper Still

Posted by on Sep 4, 2013 in Etsy Products, Journal Entries | No Comments
Spirit of the Mountains – Copper Still

Spirit of the Mountains is an original block print. This design is inspired by the spirit of the Appalachian Mountains. Moonshining is a way of life for many folks in eastern Tennessee and this block print celebrates that culture. Each print is hand carved and hand printed, the old fashion way. Spirit of the Mountains […]

Tennessee State – Block Print

Posted by on Sep 3, 2013 in Etsy Products, Journal Entries | No Comments
Tennessee State – Block Print

The “Tennessee” print is inspired by my home state, one of the most beautiful countrysides you ever will experience…. and I’m not just saying that because I call Tennessee home;0) From the majestic rivers and lakes to the great Smokey Mountains, there’s no place I’d rather be. The “Tennessee” design was hand carved and hand […]

Custom Sugar Skull Block Print

Posted by on May 3, 2013 in Etsy Products, Journal Entries | 2 Comments
Custom Sugar Skull Block Print

I’m trying something new with my latest block print. I wanted to print a template of sorts, so I carved out a skull template in order to illustrate custom one of a kind sugar skull designs. Below you’ll see some of the process, I started by inking and carving the block for printing. Once I […]

Straw Castle Earth Day Sale

Posted by on Apr 22, 2013 in Etsy Products, Journal Entries | No Comments

In celebration of “Earth Day” I am offering a 15% discout on all products in my etsy store through the 26th of April. I also hope you take the time to read about the environmental practices of my partners French Paper Company and Friendly Arctic Printing. Both Partners make it their mission to operate in […]

Las Banditas – Silk Screen Art Print

Posted by on Apr 20, 2013 in Etsy Products, Journal Entries | No Comments
Las Banditas – Silk Screen Art Print

I have released my latest silk screened art print titled “Las Banditas.” Las Banditas is an 18×24 3 color Screen Print. Inspired by Mexican folk art as well as stories from the Mexican revolution of 1910. Prior to the Mexican Revolution, Mexico enacted the Mexican Civil Code which dramatically restricted the rights of all mexican […]

Espíritu de la Cabra – Block Print

Posted by on Apr 18, 2013 in Etsy Products, Journal Entries | No Comments
Espíritu de la Cabra – Block Print

I have released two variants for my latest “Espíritu de la Cabra” print. These first pressings will be signed and numbered. “Espíritu de la Cabra” is inspired by Mexican Folk art and the modern folk tales of the chupacabra. Some believed creating a shrine in memory of their livestock would word off the the evil […]

New Block Prints at the Etsy shop

Posted by on Apr 5, 2013 in Etsy Products, Journal Entries | No Comments
New Block Prints at the Etsy shop

I’ve been really busy the past few weeks with project work. I look forward to planning out some new products for the etsy shop hopefully after this coming Monday. If you haven’t already, make sure to swing by the Etsy shop for a couple of Block prints that I released in March. Burning Feather is […]

Launching the Primitive Prints Collection

Posted by on Feb 16, 2013 in Etsy Products, Journal Entries | No Comments
Launching the Primitive Prints Collection

The Primitive Prints collection is based on the block printing aesthetic. I’v been experimenting with a variety of methods for creating reproducible art and design. My favorite is block printing, a primitive form of relief printing dating back to a time before 220AD. Each style in the Straw Castle Primitive Prints Collection is from my […]

Bush Hog – Block Print

Posted by on Jan 30, 2013 in Etsy Products, Journal Entries | No Comments
Bush Hog – Block Print

This is an original block print titled “Bush Hog.” I recently acquired a new taxidermic wild boar for my office. Apparently this particular boar was causing all kinds of havoc in the Atlanta area. This thing is so ferocious and intimidating looking, I can’t imagine just coming upon one of these beasts in the wild. […]