I've started a new small linocut (with the upcoming holiday miniatures show ever in the back of my mind), just 5 x 7 inches, but –Callooh! Callay!– big enough that my beloved 8" Takach brayer could be employed for a full-height blended roll. Twice.
|First pass: No carving! Just a blended roll the full height of the block.|
Here's the first pass... a couple of shades of yellow. I'm printing on some more of that leftover Hosho that was giving me so many fits last year. It still seems to be blowing a lot of fibers, but since the piece is small and I'm aiming to limit the passes to 5 or 6, I think it will be okay.
The second pass was also a blended roll, a more ochre-y yellow to green. Everything has a lot of transparent base in it.
|The block is inked in this shot, a testament to transparent base. And look at |
that yummy roller! Love, love, love.
I'm pleased so far. The goal is something verging on abstract... just a tangle of bright leaves with a rich, dark background.
*With apologies to the fearsome Jabberwock.