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Colorful Creatures!

My latest two shirt design releases have a little something special: COLOR!

I have been slowly learning and improving my printing skills these last 5 years and I am finally feeling confident printing 3 and 4 color prints with my manual Riley Hopkins 150 press. Take a look at my 4-color toucan tee and my 3-color little newt tee! Both of these shirts are very limited runs as it takes me a lot of time and effort to line these prints up, so go snag yours while they last! To see my printing process, go check out my art instagram page @craigmountainart.

Toco Toucan (Ramphastos toco) - The toco toucan is the largest member of the order Piciformes (which includes woodpeckers as well!) and can be found in much of central South America. Perhaps the most noticeable aspect of the toucan is its massive colorful bill, which is the largest relative to body size of any bird. Toucans use this long serrated bill to pluck fruits from trees, however, they will also feast on insects, frogs, small reptiles, birds, their eggs, and nestlings! The large and colorful bill is thought to be - in part - a result of sexual selection, but has multiple functional uses, including body temperature regulation!

Eastern Newt (Notophthalmus viridescens) - These little guys can be found throughout eastern North America in lush forests near water. They are amphibious, and spend their larval and adult stages in lakes and streams, however, during their juvenile "red eft" stage, they are land-dwelling and sport a bright reddish orange color. This bright coloration signals to predators that they are toxic and NOT a tasty treat. If a predator does try for a snack, these newts can not only regrow limbs, but are also masters of organ and tissue regeneration, including the heart and spinal cord!

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