Saturday, January 30, 2016

Linocut in Progress: Emerging

Finally got through the first stage of water carving on the linocut in progress. With a blended roll already printed there's no real reason to get all crazy about trying another right away. A straight-up transparent blue will let the blend show through and will smooth those places where the blend printed unevenly.

Reduction linocut in progress: Step 3

Sorry about all the glare on the inked block. Wet ink + overhead lights = bad photography.

Transparent blue ink rollup

I'm jumping through a few mental hoops now, trying to decide what the next step is. I'm fairly certain that I will go ahead and finish the water. I hesitate because the birds all need light gray beaks, which will be a little harder to get back to once I put in the darker water. (And, okay, because I'm impatient and want to jump on ahead to something other than a few more hours of water carving.) But I think it will be important to preserve the transparency of the water as much as possible.

It's shirt-sleeve weather here today but there's snow arriving tomorrow that looks like it might continue through Tuesday. As long as I have enough hot chocolate here to sustain me, I'll be quite content to ride out the storm in the studio.


  1. Rain here in Laval, Québec, it's because of the "EL NINO" it's very rare, rain in January here. For those who follow the duration of light on winter day. Today we gain 1 hour of daylight here in the far north (Québec). A little early in the morning and a little bit in the afternoon but in all a whole hour more of daylight since December 20th...!

    Nice print !

  2. snow and rain here :/ hopefully your hot chocolate doesn't run out

    love the blue :)

  3. Check the chocolate is medicinal you know.
    The print is looking rather beautiful already - love the composition.
    Best wishes.

  4. It's really coming down here today... maybe 6-8" on the ground now. Grateful for cozy space and functioning heat! A few administrative tasks this morning (tax-related, ugh)... and then studio!