6/09/2010

Messing and Pressing



Whilst I was in the printmaking mood over the half term holiday I felt inspired to do more lino printing. Nothing is ever as straightforward as it seems and I spent lots of time experimenting with different papers and methods of printing. Eventually I settled on a lovely grey paper that I had squirreled away in my plan chest, the smooth surface took the linseed oil based ink very well, sadly I did not make a note of the name of the paper. I used my old office press to print the piece and wondered why my arm ached so much afterwards. I now know why they say, “Hand pulled” when describing the printing process!



I happily filled the kitchen table and every other surface in the house with prints whilst my family fended for themselves. I found a low odour white spirit, which made the job more acceptable but did not realize how long each piece would take to dry; still, we live and learn.

I had a go at printing my wood engraving but decided to do a bit more tinkering with the block. You can see how it is looking so far in the photograph. As you can see the wood had irregularities, which I tried to disguise in the design. I was thrilled to bits with my new burnisher, which worked a treat on the block. If you have ever fancied having a try at wood engraving I would encourage you to do so. I was pleasantly surprised at how little pressure is needed to make a cut and so few materials and space are needed.



I have listed a lino print in my Etsy shop; I do love playing shop don’t you? Now sadly, playtime is over and it’s nose to the grindstone for the next few months.

30 comments:

  1. Absolutely gorgeous, Valerie. I adore these prints!

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  2. Oh they look great, I am so jealous I so want to have a go. I did a mono printing workshop last year but would love to try lino. I bought a lovely old book about it in Hay on Wye last week too!
    You are very talented.
    Love
    Lyn
    xxx

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  3. Lovely owl and the wood engraving is gorgeous - sorry your playtime is over, it produced such wonderful results.

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  4. Absolutely gorgeous! Your talent always inspires me!

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  5. Valerie- beautiful prints... the detail in the wood block print is wonderful... and the owl... well, I'm quite partial to owls! Lovely...... I waiting for my day away from biz and back into the studio... waiting and full of anticipation.. but first through the list of MUST DO'S!

    Hope you can play again soon!

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  6. That is exquisite - I do so admire your ability. Shall go to Etsy and have a look.

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  7. Your work is gorgeous, Valerie. I remember carving raw potatoes a very long time ago to stamp with tempera paint on home-made Christmas cards! Many art quilters are making their own stamps on rubber type stuff to print on fabric with fabric dyes, inks and paints! Wonder if you could get that owl stamped/printed on a piece of fabric? Tsukineko inks are very wonderful for that job. I can see some lovely simple hand embroidery stitches in colored threads on the feathers of your owl!! All you have to do to set the Tsukineko ink is use an iron and a pressing cloth on the fabric:)

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  8. Absolutely gorgeous!!!! You make me want to try it out!!

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  9. These are marvelous!
    If only I could accomplish so much in playtime!

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  10. Well worth the time - really good.

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  11. Gorgeous,gorgeous owl! and I love that little beehive....

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  12. I love your Owl (in fact I believe one may be winging its way to me in the post sometime soon!)
    I haven't tried lino cuts since foundation college, and for lack of the wood engraving tools and knowledge of the techniques, I'm rather tempted to give lino a try again!
    Your lino and your woodblocks look fantastic...
    Carrie :)

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  13. What lovely prints! They are both wonderful:)

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  14. Valerie, Your print is lovely. I love printmaking and have never used a wooden block. Think I'll have to give it a try this summer.

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  15. Lovely prints, Val. I particularly like the wood engraving and am very tempted to have a go!! Am looking forward to seeing more. Lesley

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  16. Valerie, both the blocks and prints that you've shown here are enticing me to play hooky from work and have a go with some block printing of my own.

    My sense of responsibility is just, just holding me back.

    Your posts regularly inspire me to think of making art. I continue to thank you for this! xo

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  17. wonderful owl! I loved reading of your process experiments, thank you for sharing with us!

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  18. These are completely beautiful, sparkling designs. I can see the glossy sheen and can almost smell the fresh ink, what a lovely thing to be doing!

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  19. Hi Valerie,

    What an outstanding project! You've inspired me to give it a go. Thanks!

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  20. Wow. Do you have a print of the beehive? I love it.

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  21. I can sympathise with printing not being as straight forward as it seems and experimenting with different papers! I also buy papers and forget what they are unless they contain a watermark which at least gives me a clue to the maker.
    The print has come out really well and I think you may have the same set of lino cutting tools as me. are they from Intaglio Printmakers?

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  22. Thank you so much for your ideas, encouragement and comments.

    I have been inspired by fellow bloggers and so I hope in turn to tempt you to have a go too. I very nearly abandoned my attempt but kept at it and in the end was happy with the results.

    Jane, thanks for your suggestions, if only we had a 48 hour day!

    Silverpebble, I hope to have some prints of the beehive as soon as I work out which paper to use.

    Jacqui, the website you mention is one I use but the tools were a gift so I am not sure.

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  23. Your hard labor paid off....such a sweetie!

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  24. valerie - i love that print. well i just managed to squeeze in to the etsy shop in time - last one!!! hurray for serendipity! steven

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  25. Stunning work! Just love it, I use to mess around with lino blocks when I was very young, loved to make cards. Your work is just lovely.

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  26. Beautiful results valerie! i am hunting for wood pieces!!!

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  27. These are wonderful Valerie. I am very impressed with your great attention to detail. The owl is so perfectly designed and balanced. Please do some more to show us when you get the time.

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  28. This is wonderful art work. And the wood block hearkens to great work centuries ago.

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  29. The owl is really charming, you are so multi-talented. It's a joy to read your blog.

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  30. Valerie, I am really enjoying your woodblock and lino work..

    delicate and so well done..

    and I do understand about every flat surface becoming covered with art and the poor family having to fend for themselves...
    sometimes you have gotta do what you have gotta do!!...

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