In my ideal world, I would use my hands daily to create something people would just love to have. In the same vein as the craftsmen in the Arts and Crafts/Craftsman era. But the things I would make by hand, pottery, printmaking or book binding are three things that I know little about. I have done a little book binding and a little printmaking and pottery has yet to be explored. My book binding skills are coming along, maybe someday I will say with confidence “I can bind books”, but I think it will be a while. And my printmaking skills are close to nil. I like to cut linoleum blocks though and I am trying to teach myself how to print – reduction style. Here is my first reduction print.
The print is exactly as I created it. Once again, I so wanted to clean it up in photoshop. I thought I would show you my source for the lady. She is from a cabinet card of someone distantly related. Can’t exactly tell you who they are, but these three ladies are beautiful, aren’t they? I hope you can tell which of the three I used for my print. I used the discoloration on the photo as a design feature.
If you are unfamiliar with printmaking, a reduction print is a print using one plate. You first remove the area on the block where there will be no ink and print your series with the lightest color. Then, using the same block, remove more of the block and reprint the same sheets with the next value of color ink. Do this as many times as you like using the darkest ink last. I did 3 colors of ink. When you are finished, the plate is trash; there is no way to go back and use it again for the same print. I aligned the prints by sight, but there must be an easier way I don’t know about. I haven’t found too many books with printing techniques. Anyone know of any great books out there?
This is another lino block print I did last night. This is just printed in black ink, the color comes from transparent acrylic paint. Easier to do, puts no strain on your brain trying to figure out what to do next.
If you like block printing visit the web page of Stephen Alcorn. His work is unbelievable.