More Christmas preparations

Linocut done!
Linocut done!

Well, I managed to excavate the design with only one small injury!  I don’t remember things going so well in my youth.  The “lino” was softer and more willing to be carved than the real lino we used just after the War – maybe I have more patience now, too.  The first edges are a bit ragged, but I soon discovered how to get clearer ones, even managing most of the tight angles.  It was good fun to do and I am already wondering what else I can do with my new found skill.

The kit we have provided red and yellow paint but I wanted to print in dark green.  Jackson’s Catalogue arrived fortuitously (as a free gift with another magazine), and there I found just what I wanted.  but I must say a word about the Catalogue itself.  It’s a very impressive publication. Not only was there a comprehensive range of artist’s materials,  but each section was headed with an interesting and informative essay about the material concerned and each material was accompanied by a short description of when it would be most useful.  In fact,  I spent a pleasant and useful afternoon (when I should have been painting) reading the catalogue, and didn’t exhaust its fascination.  I never thought I would eulogise a catalogue!

Trial printing
Trial printing

I tried two ways of printing my linocut – in the first case, I rolled the paint out into a suitable shape on the marble block I have, pressed the lino onto the paint, and then onto the paper; while in the second attempt, I rolled the paint onto the roller, then onto the linocut, then onto the paper.  The results were quite different, though both were patchy in printing.  I do own a book press, so I am thinking of using that to gain more colour.  I hope to show you the finished result next week.

4 thoughts on “More Christmas preparations”

  1. Rachel sent me the link to visit you, as I have just done some printing with carved Indian wooden blocks on fabric, which was great fun. I have only done a linocut once, and that was when I was at primary school – obviously in those days they weren’t concerned about the “heath and safety” of letting eleven-year olds loose with sharp knives!

  2. I tried to reply to your e-mail but it didn’t happen! I’m glad I didn’t injure myself. I’ve visited your blog and I am very impressed with the finish you achieved and wondering if I can use your experience to develop linocuts. Mmmm ….

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