Sunday, September 30, 2012

Rollup yer sleeves and yer ink!

Oh frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!* There's ink on the table and under my fingernails.

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.

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