09 February 2010

Lino Block Print of the Month - February

In response to a challenge from a friend - and to take a break from carving other prints - I did this lino print in a few hours. It was drawn directly on the block, carved and printed as soon as it was finished. The carving took the majority of the time, as my hands got tired quickly working on the unmounted linoleum. It wanted to buck and buckle and leap out of the bench hook at the most inopportune times. But several cut fingers later (Note to self: Keep tools sharp!), I was ready to print.

The carved lino block - 8 x 10 inches

The objective was to 'go with the flow' so to speak, and not be so uptight about the art. The drawback of being a drafts(wo)man, is getting anal at times about sketching and drawing. No guts, no glory with this print. Marker to block, and carve away. Scary, and a little bit traumatic, but I seemed to have survived. Will I make it a habit? Um, a definite maybe?

Finished print 9 x 12 in
Black water soluble ink from Graphic Chemical
Hand rubbed on unbleached mulberry paper
with a bamboo baren and wooden spoon
Open Edition


Carla said...

It looks very striking and dramatic. I'm impressed.

Gabriele C. said...

I recommend mail gloves next time. :)

But the result turned out pretty.

Constance Brewer said...

Carla - thanks. :)

Gabriele - I'm thinking a pair of those might be a good thing. They will add to my stylishness, along with the magnifying headgear!