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Welcome to My Page!

Artist | Hobbyist | Traditional Art

I am an artist from Finland who loves drawing, nature, cute, pretty and creepy things, colors, reading books and watching good stories from TV and seeing creativity and imagination. I do mostly traditional artworks with watercolors, markers and colored pencils, but I also try to learn secrets of digital art.

Random Stuff about Me
:bulletblack: Animal: Corgi
:bulletblack: Color: Green and turquoise
:bulletblack: Element: Nature
:bulletblack: Food: Chocolate
:bulletblack: Genre: Fantasy
:bulletblack: Texture: Watercolor explosions

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask!

I love talking but sometimes it might take a while for me to reply. You can always check my F.A.Q and Art Status (found in a box below) for quick answers.

Thank you for the visit!
Sprouts Divider by Kawiku

Couple of Works from My Gallery

Saerianna by AgaaveTibouchina by AgaaveTrade: Thanatos by Agaave


My ACEO Gallery

ACEO Trade: Khiati by Agaave

ACEO Trade: Kasy by Agaave

ACEO = Art Cards, Editions and Originals
(6,4 x 8,9 cm | 2,5 x 3,5")

Box of Awesomeness

Their new nanny by Eleweth

More awesomeness:

Sprouts Divider by Kawiku

Art Status


My stock account: AgaaveStock

Bryo Pagedoll 2 by Agaave
Art Trade - Closed by DemonGemini6 Commish - Closed by DemonGemini6
Trade Info: Click
Commission Info: Click

To Do List

:bulletblack: Refs and designs

Sprouts Divider by Kawiku



Weird Stamp by Kojima2087I Cherish Nature Stamp I by GoodiesForYouBooks by Sesquipedalianistic
Tea Stamp by KawikuSTAMP: I Heart Coffee by zungzwangSarcasm Stamp by tailfeather
My Artwork, My Copyright Stamp by dragonmunMade in the '80s by Mr-StampI Love my watchers by Sedma
Dark and Cute Stamp by bezzalairTalk Stamp by lupehero38Artist's comments stamp by Shutsumon
Pinata Stamp by Kezzi-RoseGilmore Girls stamp by cool-slayerI Support Fantasy Art stamp by Asenceana
STAMP: I'm a Dreamer by zungzwangI Support Imagination stamp by c3ph31dI like rain stamp by RonTheWolf
DA Stamp - So Many Ideas... by phantompantherBe Unique Stamp by GoodiesForYouReplies and Comments stamp by Fairy-Red-Hime
Coffee stamp by EquidnaRojoMistakes Stamp by SuperNeko64I Support Copyrights Stamp by jo-shadow
284 : Hot, Throbbing Stamp by witegotsEquine Artist Stamp by LosmiosI Support My Friends by holls
Stamp: I'm Here for the Art by FantasyStockAvatarsdA Thanks Stamp. by jugga-lizzleI Sniff Books by MademoiselleGrief
Llama Badges by eggyllama by Mr-Stamp Winter stamp by sequelle
Random Kind Comment Stamp by Mirz123Originality Stamp by lynseylewMind Stamp by jenepooh



Printmaking is a process where multiple original images, prints, are made by printing from one original source onto paper or other chosen print surface. The original plate is called matrix and it can be made of various materials. The image is transferred from the matrix using different printmaking techniques either by hand or by using a press.

The prints created by printmaking process are original artworks having an element of originality, so they are not considered as copies. Each print is signed, titled and numbered by the artist. The impressions printed from the same matrix are forming an edition.

plaque time print by mamarek rabbit by R-ethro
Christmas-Card 2014: Deer by Arahiriel

This article is divided into two parts and it introduces shortly some printmaking techniques with artwork examples.
  • The Part 1 introduces relief printing techniques such as linocut and woodcut.

  • The Part 2 introduces intaglio printing techniques such as collagraphy, drypoint and etching.

Fairground by Igson93

Linocut and Woodcut

Linocut and woodcut are printmaking techniques where the design is carved out in order to make the image appear in relief. At first the design is drawn onto linoleum or on a block of wood and then the areas around the drawing are cut out. The areas the printmaker wants to leave blank (paper color), are carved out and the parts they want to be printed are left uncarved.

Untitled by zoe0914 Xylography by ShineDUS

After the matrix is ready, ink is rolled on the block's raised portions and then pressed on a paper or fabric by hand or with a press. The image will appear reverse because the matrix is in direct contact with the paper. The result can be checked for example by using a mirror before printing to make sure how the print will look in reality.

Business with friend ! by Seseyaki hardboard-cat by sayangtikgallery
Woodblock Deer by voughtd Astafiev V.P. Notches 1 by oooLongJohnson

In both methods it is possible to create multicolored prints by using either multiple matrixes or cutting the block more after the first printing and then re-inking it with different color.

Prairie by grungepuppy My Geisha by drgnelf

When choosing a material for your relief matrix, there is couple of things to consider:

  • Linoleum is softer than wood which makes is easier and faster to cut than wood. On the other hand, linoleum is more fragile which means wood allows creating larger works and more prints than lino.

  • Harder nature of wood allows having finer lines and more details than linoleum.

  • Wood has natural, directional grain which also shows as texture when printed. Linocut has less texture and gives more contrast between carved and uncarved areas when printing.

Artwork Examples


  Koi with Chrysanthemums by Netdog
Lester by toddherzberg Red Bat by LiviaAnyaArt
Youth by oulutuura Hummingbird by Skrzynia Devil's Night by Etae
Statue of St. Martin by Piscota Hercules and Cerberus by GREAT-ODEN


Wallatician by MyopiaPress The berries... by scerrycherry
Firulais. Xilografía. 40x30 cms. Diego López Mat by diegolopezmata Tiger and Dragon Print-Copper Foil by CrimsonWolf2016 Idols and Favorites of Literature and Music Part 3 by Flaus
Rhino Woodcut Print by final-days-of-salt Still Not Black Enough by StoryTellerF
Life by c-maguire


  • Do you have experience of linocut or woodcut or other relief printing techniques?
  • If you have, do you have any handy tips to share for those who want to start making their own prints?

Sources and further reading: Printmaking
Images, Voyages, Impressions by Dominique Lecomte: Relief printing techniques
The Museum of Modern Art: What is a Print



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Arahiriel Featured By Owner 13 hours ago  Professional General Artist
Awww, thank you so much for your fav!!
Skrzynia Featured By Owner 23 hours ago  Professional Photographer
Thank you for featuring my work and adding it to your collection !
diegolopezmata Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Professional General Artist
Hello: Thank you very much for adding my work to your collection, you have a pretty nice and comprehensive techniques eplinations. Best regards!

longtruong2790 Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Student Traditional Artist
I can't believe it. Thank you so so so much because my artwork was featured by YOU <3
Agaave Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My pleasure, your art is awesome! :bow:
MariaAragon64 Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for the fave.
Agaave Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome! :boogie:
rougealizarine Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for featuring my work as DD! I'm honored and very glad. You made my day Hug 
Agaave Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're very welcome! :huggle:
Zafireria Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the :llama:
Agaave Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem! :dummy:
GeorgeVanyan Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2014  Student Artist
Thank you very much for featuring my work to daily deviation Neko Emoji-41 - (Kawaii Waving) [V3]  It's really amazing to be chosen for it :happybounce: :squee: 
Agaave Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're very welcome! :aww:
Mrs-Durden Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I've been loving your DD selections :heart:
Agaave Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, I am glad to hear that! :iconlovelyplz:
Mysteltain08 Featured By Owner Edited Nov 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for the DD!! :la::heart:

I'm very and overwhelmed. I'm truly grateful and don't know how to thank you enough. THANK YOU SO MUCH. 
Agaave Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're very welcome! :iconlovelyplz:
Mysteltain08 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sonikkudrawings Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi! :wave:
I know I´m a bit (alot) late, but welcome to the CV team!! :D
Agaave Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! :iconspinplz:
And no worries, better late than never! :aww:
akitku Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much dear! :hug:
Agaave Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very welcome! :huggle:
MossyOakStables Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for the llama love! <3
Agaave Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome and thank you too! Llama Hug 
MossyOakStables Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:giggle: It was no problem! <3 Let the llama love spread! :la:
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