What does "Hozro" mean?
Hozro is an English translation of the Navajo/Dineh word hózhó, which demonstrates a worldview of infinite and eternal beauty; it also serves as a way to define happiness and well-being. Hozro (aka the beauty way) means a sort of blend of being in harmony with one's environment, at peace with one's circumstances, content with the day, devoid of anger, and free from anxieties. It is the continuously unfolding cosmic order, and everything is understood to be in its rightful place: right here, right now. As human beings, we cannot look for hozro, instead we can choose to go with the flow of life and find ourselves surrounded by hozro, with balance and beauty all around us.  

May I post about your work on my blog or website?
Hell yea! Go ahead! I’d appreciate it if you would link back to my site.

Prints and Printmaking Techniques

What is a print?
The prints on this website are not created by a digital printer! These prints are hand crafted layer by layer by the artist.

A print is a piece of art in which the image is drawn onto another surface and then manually transferred onto a piece of paper by the artist, instead of being drawn directly onto the paper. The artist begins by creating a composition on a separate surface such as a lithographic stone, wood block, copper plate, or screen, and the transfer occurs when a sheet of paper, placed in contact with the surface, is run through a press.

An advantage to making artwork this way is that many prints can be made from the same surface. The artist decides how many to make and the total number of prints/impressions is called an edition. Each print is not considered a “copy” but rather considered an “original" and the independent effort of practiced skill and patience.

What is a woodcut?
Woodcut printing is the oldest and most direct form of printmaking. A woodcut uses the same principle as rubber stamps. Making a woodcut looks like this:

  • Draw the image: Draw your image on the woodblock. I use 1/2in or 3/4in birch plywood. It’s important to remember that the image will be reversed when printed, so you have to draw it backwards on the block!
  • Carve the block: After the drawing is completed, the image itself is created by carving into the surface of the wood with knives, chisels, and gouges, removing the areas that will remain white or negative space. Any wood that isn’t carved out will pick up ink and become a part of the image.
  • Ink up the block: A roller or brayer is used to evenly apply ink to the block surface. Since the block is carved, there are raised areas which will pick up ink, and lower areas that will not pick up ink.
  • Print the block: A sheet of paper is placed on top of the inked block and is either rubbed with a spoon to transfer the image or the inked block and paper are placed onto the bed of an etching press and pressure is applied evenly across the entire surface to create a printed image. (I print using a press.) For images needing multiple colors, each individual color layer is hand drawn, carved into birch plywood, inked up and printed one by one to produce the final image.
  • Edition the block: Once you feel good about the way the print is looking, it’s time to edition! An edition is a set of prints that are consistently printed. The edition size can be small or large and is indicated at the bottom of the print as a fraction. The bottom numeral is the number of copies in that edition. The top numeral is the number of that particular copy. For example, if you had an edition of 50, they would be numbered 1/50, 2/50, 3/50 and so on. After the edition is complete, the block will never ever be printed again!

What is a lithograph?
Lithography is a very traditional and careful process of making art. The entire principle of lithography is based on the fact that oil and water don’t mix. Making a lithograph looks like this:

  • Prepare the stone: In order to prepare the stone's surface to draw on, you must first grain (sand) the stone down to a smooth surface. I usually use another stone to accomplish this so I can prepare two at one time!
  • Draw on the stone: Using oil-based lithography crayons and other greasy inks, draw on a smoothed slab of limestone. It’s important to remember that the drawing will be reversed when printed, so you have to draw it backwards on the stone!
  • Etch the stone: Etching the stone “fixes” the greasy image into the stone’s surface. A chemical solution including nitric acid is massaged into the stone, then the extra is wiped away and the stone is left to sit for several hours. After the stone is etched, the image will attract the greasy ink while the white areas attract water and therefore repel the ink. The chemical makeup of the stone’s surface has now been altered so that the image can be printed hundreds of times if needed. (Fancy right?!)
  • Ink up the stone: Oil-based printing ink is applied to the stone using a roller. The stone is kept damp while it is being inked up. Because grease and water don’t mix, the ink adheres to the greasy drawing but is repelled by the damp blank areas.
  • Print the stone: The inked stone is placed on the bed of a lithographic press. A sheet of paper is placed on the surface of the stone, it is protected by a flat plastic board and manually printed using a printing press. This transfers the image from the stone onto the piece of paper. If more than one color is needed, multiple stones are used or a chemical process is used on the original stone to reverse the etching process so that the stone is open to receive a new drawing. This process of drawing, etching, inking and printing is repeated for each individual color layer.
  • Edition the stone: Once you feel good about the way the print is looking, edition it!
For a lot more detail about the litho process, including a visual walkthrough of the steps involved, visit my process posts for prints like "Qualia", "Wanting to Stop Thinking is Also a Thought" and "Exhaustion of Delusion".

All of this seems like so much work, why don't you just paint/draw it?
For me, it's all about discovering the image through the process of printmaking, instead of being completely focused on an end goal to start with. There is something extremely satisfying about pulling the paper back from the stone's surface and seeing how all of the textures and colors layered and mixed together. It feels like a surprise every time, it’s magical.

Also, there are certain qualities of lithographs and woodcuts that are difficult or impossible to emulate in other mediums. 



What types of payment do you accept?
Hozro Printshop gladly accepts all major credit cards and PayPal.

Any tax?
An 8.25% sales tax will be charged to residents of Texas. This includes a tax on shipping.

Shipping and Returns

Where are prints shipped from?
Denver, Colorado!

How are prints shipped?
Small prints (11in x 15in and smaller) are shipped (unmounted) in clear, waterproof sleeves. Small prints ship flat, secured between stiff cardboard in bubble wrap envelopes.

Large Prints (larger than 11in x 15in) are shipped in thick cardboard tubes. Prints are rolled and protected on both tube ends with bubble wrap cushions.

How much does shipping cost?
Hozro Printshop offers free shipping on all U.S. orders! All orders are shipped USPS Priority Mail. Express deliveries available on request. Additional fees may apply.

How long will it take to receive my order?
Most orders ship within 1-2 days of purchase.

A confirmation email with tracking number will be sent after your order is shipped.

All U.S. orders are shipped USPS Priority Mail (1-3 Days). Express deliveries available on request. Additional fees may apply.

I trust the USPS to deliver your package in great condition and on schedule. If your order is taking an unusually long time to arrive or arrives damaged, please contact lauren@hozroprintshop.com immediately and I will do my best to resolve any problems.

Do you accept orders placed outside the U.S.?
Hozro Printshop happily ships internationally. However, it should be noted that it can take up to 30 days for an item to arrive at its overseas destination due to customs and travel time.

Shipping for international orders start at $15.

Customs and duties on items may be required to receive your package. Hozro Printshop is not responsible for these costs. 

What happens if my order is lost in the mail?
I trust the USPS to deliver your package in great condition and on schedule. If your order is taking an unusually long time to arrive or arrives damaged, please contact lauren@hozroprintshop.com immediately and I will do my best to resolve any problems.

If a package is lost or damaged and I still have the same print in stock, it will be replaced. If I do not have the print any longer, a refund will be given or it can be exchanged for a different item.

What is this store's return and exchange policy?
Should you wish to cancel your order, please contact me as soon as possible. Once an order has shipped it can not be canceled.

All sales are final.

Refunds and Exchanges are very unique cases. The following situations are fully acceptable reasons for a refund or exchange:

  • The product was lost during shipping
  • The product was damaged during shipping
  • The product sent was not the product ordered by the buyer

Shipping cannot be refunded.

The following instances will not be accepted as valid reasons for a refund or exchange:

  • The buyer changed their mind about the product after payment and did not notify the seller before shipment.

All refund and exchange queries must be made in the form of an email to lauren@hozroprintshop.com within 14 days of delivery. The email should contain your name, the product(s) you wish to refund/exchange, and the reason for the refund(s)/exchange(s).

How can I contact you?
You can get in touch with me through the Contact page or email me at lauren@hozroprintshop.com.