Saturday, March 16, 2013

jumping onto a new art project

linocut work in progress
linocut, la mujer, work in progress


After a short hiatus from art, I am back and am working on my first block print limited edition series, La Mujer.

Using a drawing from several years ago, I reworked it for this linoleum block print. It's really a trick of the mind to see something that isn't there as everything will print in reverse. I did several test prints with tissue paper to see how the cut and uncut areas were coming through until I was satisfied with the image. It was actually hard to stop cutting as it got rather addicting to feel the blade dig into the surface and grove it's way through.

linocut, la mujer
La Mujer, 3 x 4 inches, linoleum block print

For this series, I mixed sumi ink with the gold block printing ink to achieve a dark olive color on the rice paper. These are hand-pulled prints.

I can already tell that this cutting and printing will be addicting and am planning on making a trip to the art store to get more supplies.

16 comments:

  1. I have never tried lino printing but I have done monoprinting and printing using a metal base instead of lino. I must admit I really enjoyed it. Maybe I should do some more.

    Sarah @ A Cat-Like Curiosity

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  2. I've never tried lino printing - I really like this figure's pose.

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  3. The drawing looks great and so does the print. Enjoy your Sunday!

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  4. Very clever and I like the print very much. I really want to have a go at this.
    have a great Sunday
    xx

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  5. I haven't done lino printing since I was at school. You've done a fantastic job.. :)

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  6. Beautiful pieces, love lino prints so much! They have weird enchantment of the craft and graphics combined!

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  7. Very creative work ~ the illustration and the linoprint ~
    enjoy ^_^

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  8. this is wonderful. you make me want to carve. gorgeous end result!

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  9. I'm simply amazed at how well you draw people. Seriously impressive, let alone transitioning it into a stamp!!

    Happy SS! :)

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  10. What a simply awesome art form and outcome! I did one stamp once that was good enough to print on fabric on an art quilt I made, a sunflower. The quilt sold by the way, which was a huge compliment.
    Your stamp is terrific and I hope you do make many more. It is fun to dig and cut the stamps. I was using erasers I think. Although the sunflower may have been on styrofrom, now that I think about it.

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  11. Your first block print of the upcoming series of "la mujer" is simply stunning. Printing is an art media that I love, but don't use very often. Blessings!

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  12. Very interesting to learn about your beautiful block print!

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  13. The print looks great. I love the simplicity of the pose, it makes it seem dramatic. It's funny to me how the block itself always seems really cool too.

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  14. How wonderful, looks great! I love block printing, always good fun!

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  15. What fun! I think I might have to try this...Happy SS!!

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  16. I love lino printing and the craving is so meditative... I used to work on really large ones and always loved them... haven't done one in years but i am thinking it is time to return to them... this image has turned out so beautifully... very inspiring xx

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