Euclid linocut


Some time ago, I sold some of my drawings of hands with mathematical and machinery symbols. For those drawings, I used pencil, charcoal and conte crayon. I decided to revisit that drawing and work it out into a linocut.

I wanted to have the feeling of flex, movement and muscle. When I did the drawing, the first layer consisted of many thin pencil lines to achieve the shadows and contours. I wasn't sure how I'd achieve that in a linocut. Could I use numerous cuts to achieve what the pencil did?

De Atramentis ink and preppy pen drawing

Using a fountain pen with a purple mix of De Atramentis inks, I drew out my idea on some scrap paper. I would need to remember to keep the cuts close and thin. I hadn't carved in this manner and I wasn't sure if it would come out the way I envisioned. Would I be able to keep the ink out of the shallow cuts? Periodically, I'd check my carving by placing a paper over the lino and rubbing pencil over the paper. The print was looking the way I had hoped. However, I still wasn't sure.

Euclid linocut print on rice paper

My first test print was on photocopy paper. That looked great. Oh, how excited I was that what I envisioned was coming through in the print!

I used two types of rice paper for this linocut print, Euclid. One is lightweight and off-white. The other is white and a heavier weight. Both look wonderful. Above is Euclid 1 which is on the off-white rice paper.

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