linocut, male figure, Dawn

linocut, dawn, in orange
Dawn in orange, linocut, male figure

Although, I enjoy the mornings, I usually create in the afternoons, so the mid-day is set aside for my art. During the last couple of weeks I've been working on linocuts and completed the first in my latest series titled, "Dawn". These will be done in several colors.

In the early 20th century, linocuts became popular among artists. Between 1938 and 1952, Matisse completed 70 linocuts.

I like this material for it's carving ease. If you set a warm iron for a few seconds to the linoleum, it will be easier to carve.

carved linoleum block
carved linoleum block for Dawn

I usually start out by tracing my drawing onto the linoleum using tracing paper. The image will print in the opposite position. So if my figure is facing left on the block, it will face right on the print. Also, what is carved out will be white on the paper, what is not carved out will pick up the color.

My mind doesn't operate that way which makes it a constant cerebral exercise. Sometimes I'll do test prints along the way but other times I'm too excited about chasing my imagination and skip the test printing.

In the coming weeks, I hope to complete another linocut for Dawn with the figure facing the opposite direction and in a different color.

The summer has been really great so far filled with bicycle day trips, evening hikes and weekend festivals. I hope you are having a lovely season wherever you are in the world.


  1. This is really cool. It looks like a skeleton, sort of, around the hip. I tried doing this once. My problem with it is picking it up afterwards. I find the substrate too narrow and bendable to apply easily to an ink pad and then paper. But that's my problem. You do remarkable work.

  2. I've never made a linoprint before, but yours is so cool I'm inspired to try it!

  3. Really cool! Love the bone like structure. Super inspiring, too! :) What- Cheryl and Debbie said it all already! :-O

  4. Cheryl, thank you for your lovely visit and comments. I started using the linoleum pictured as it's easier for me to pick up. However, you might like the one that is mounted on wood as it will be thicker and unbendable.

    Debbie, Thank you. I bet you would love it for making your own stamps.

    Anne, Thank you. I always enjoy hearing what everyone else sees.

  5. That's a very intricate linocut, very clever.

  6. This is a fascinating lino cut. I love all the contours.

  7. Wonderful to meet another linocut artist! Beautiful work.

  8. Fantastic work! So impressive! Wow!!

  9. Wonderful tutorial on lino-cuts, Juana. There is a vibrant power in the man's posture in your cut--it is stunning! I've not done lino-cuts since high school art class... this takes me back. ;o) It's been such a lovely summer here--we try to sip it slowly each day, and are outdoors and out & about more. Art happens in between it all. :o) Happy Days ((HUGS))

  10. I adore your linocut. I've always loved the technique but haven't really tried it for myself. I even have most of the supplies somewhere in my studio. Hmmm...
    Thank you for giving us a little background on the process, as well.
    Your summer sounds simply enchanting. Enjoy!

  11. Thank you, everyone, for your lovely visits!

    Tracy, I love the lino blocks for their ease of carving. Sounds like you're having a warm summer.

    Janice, I am the same way: I have supplies for different ideas I get. Sooner or later, the urge to do that particular project happens, and I'm glad to have the supplies.

  12. This is truly amazing. Wow. Thank you for always sharing things with us to help encourage and inspire us. :)


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