Recently I got to take a class on lino block printing with the lovely @endymion. The instructor gave us an overview, and helped us each carve a 4"x6" block. I knew I wanted to use mine as holiday gifts, but I didn’t want them to be specifically Christmassy, so I went with a symbol of good fortune for the coming year. The humble rabbit!
I enjoyed the carving portion, but I do wish I had designed some of my detail bits to be a bit thicker.
I made a few messy prints right at the end of the class, but didn’t have time for much. It took hours to carve! When I got home, I ordered some supplies to do more prints, and some tools to carve more blocks in the future. So over the last few days I’ve practiced making prints over and over.
To be honest, I’ve made dozens and dozens, and I’m not happy with nearly all of them. Part of the charm of lino printing is that the images are often a bit rustic, but I’ve had trouble with blobby ink, not enough ink, and the wrong paper.
Blue on white printmaking paper
Purple on white printmaking paper
Metallic Copper on black paper
Metallic silver on black paper
White on brown paper
I did have a bit more luck when I switched to thinner paper, and started using the metallic inks, which were a little thinner and less sticky. These are the few that I’m willing to give as gifts. Not sure what I’m going to do with the rejects, besides recycle all that paper!
Blue mixed with white on black paper
Purple mixed with white on black paper
Purple and white on white paper
Turquoise and white on black paper.
In all seriousness, I do plan to mat some and give them to friends and family for Christmas.
UPDATE: I did manage to mat and frame a few as gifts, and I was a lot happier with them once they were framed.
Light purple for my mom’s black, white and purple kitchen.
Silver for my MIL.