Sunday, November 13, 2011

Stumbling ahead

I did say I was going to take this linocut a little more slowly than the last one... but apparently I didn't move quite slowly enough. I printed the third color and started carving for the fourth when I discovered... woops! A section that was supposed to remain green didn't get removed before the ochre pass went down.

Hmmm... what's wrong with this picture?

I considered leaving it alone... it's not critical to the overall image. I decided instead to remove all the material for the fourth pass except the little area in question.

I rolled-up that area with leftover scraps of the previous green ink plus some white. Even with the addition of white it's still darker than the other greens (because it's over TWO other colors, not one, and not benefiting from the luminosity of the bright yellow below it) but I don't hate it. I'm calling it pass three-and-a-smidge.

I spy something not-quite-the-same.

I took today off to let things dry a bit. I only hope the studio doesn't blow away before I get back to it! It's been beyond windy here since yesterday... we heard that Monarch Ski Area (just uphill from town) recorded wind gusts over 100mph overnight. No precipitation, mind you. (Okay, about a dozen water droplets.) Just ridiculous wind.

That is, of course, why we decided to take our recyclables to the bins today. So we could wrestle large sheets of cardboard and bags of plastic in the wind. Never let it be said that we don't like a challenge around here.


  1. Being you, you'll find a way around any "oops!" moments.:-)

    I'm working on making up a registration jig like yours, but not as deep, so that I can still run plates through a press.So far, I have not mounted my lino (too much fiddle on the press!), but wanted to ask: what glue do you use?

  2. Do you mean to mount the lino? I just use regular wood glue and usually mount my blocks to MDF or pressboard or something similar.

  3. Three and a smidge....very quick thinking Sherrie! I like it. The wind must have come from our direction.

  4. I like the look of the leaves breaking the edge. Nice.

  5. Thanks, Sherrie.I guess if I'm not doing much reduction work there's less chance of it stretching, but I'll try mounting a piece on 6mm MDF and see how it goes.

  6. Watch out, next thing you know that plant will be heading up the wall.
    I love where it's going.

  7. An "oops" is just a way to learn a new approach, right?

    I really like the vine escaping the frame, and the fall sense I'm getting, even though it's predominantly summery colors. It's so fun to watch you build these up.