Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Gannet linocut: Last steps. Sort of.

I was feeling reasonably confident about the gannet linocut after the last pass... and then I discovered a rather large-ish mistake. I'm not going to point it out yet because I still need to come up with a solution for it. But I will. I hope.

Instead of freaking out entirely I decided to go ahead and finish the background. I rolled up this nice blue-to-greenish blend, with a second brayer employed to roll solid dark at the bottom of the block, since I don't own a 12"-wide roller. Yet.

Pretty, huh?
And heeerrrrreeee's the result. Wahoo! It was another one of those happy-to-be-a-printmaker moments.

Steps 10 and 11

There was only one more color to go and I was impatient to see what it would look like, so I threw caution to the wind and printed one.

Steps 11 and 12
Actually, I printed three: two on sheets that are already discards and one on a "good" print. I'm satisfied, but they are all really too wet to carry on, so I'll wait a day or two before finishing the edition. In the meantime I'll be working out a fix for the error section.


Ann Lewis said...

Love the sea, so fluid. I'm searching for the 'mistake' but I guess it's one of those that only the artist will see.


Stuart Brocklehurst said...

I really like this, Gannets are one of my favourite birds. I like the movement you have got in the birds and sea. I think I see your mistake and if its where I think it is, I'm intrigued as to how you are going to fix it.

Jennifer Rose Phillip said...

this is gorgeous! the water has so much movement to it :D

Sherrie York said...

:-) I have to say that every time I walk past these prints hanging on the drying rack, the water makes me smile. I'm really pleased at how it came out.

The "fix" is a couple of days away. I finished printing the black on all the prints and now everything needs some time to dry. And I have to figure out what I'm going to do, too. I'm a little worried about it, but I have a couple of "discards" on which to experiment.

Lisa Le Quelenec said...

This one makes me think of the island where I grew up. I love these birds and I love this print. Yay!

Doug Steward said...

I really like this one. But I'm still trying to figure out where you made your mistake.

Tech question? Do you print with your paper damp?

I use high rag paper and since I'm trained as an etcher I have been wetting the paper and then blotting. Then I print via rubbing etc..

Sarah Morrish said...

This so reminds me of the Gannets I saw diving off of the coast of Wales. A stunning print!

Sherrie York said...

Ooh... all these gannet-lovers! I've only had the opportunity to see them a few times, since I live so far from the sea. But once I was in a small crab boat while they were diving all around us. Spectacular!

Doug... I print on dry paper, and I usually use pretty thin Japanese papers. I have printed by hand on Rives BFK... Nightmare! Too thick for hand rubbing. Rives lightweight is okay. I used to use Hosho, but lately it's been Awagami Kozo. Hope that helps!

Marta Brysha said...

Spectacular! The technical complexity of your process yields such bold yet serene prints. True mastery!