Well, I took the weekend off for my birthday and for family. I’m back to work again and have started something new.  I have wanted to do a little bit of printmaking as a change of pace and when I had to re-order my art board, I decided to throw in a few linocut blanks since the shipping was free.  I already had the brayer, inks, and cutting tools from college, but I bet I haven’t touched them 30 years.


I decided to start small and only got 5×7’s, mounted and unmounted.  I didn’t know which I would prefer and the price difference wasn’t great so I bought both. I also bought a little Dover book of Asian clip art at the same time to give me a jump-start on a concept.  I  have the abstract architectural one half cut  and if you look closely at the block, you can see the rest of the pencil in.  The initial design for the floral is basically done.  I haven’t inked it yet because I figure it will be messy and I may as well do both at once.  I expect to make a lot of changes once I see the first prints and may decide to add a color wash at the end too.  I plan to make some plain paper prints as well as some blank cards to sell in my etsy store if they turn out okay.

I did finish the home portrait order and get it into the mail last weekend, but I  have gotten another one right on its heels.  I will have to fit the linocuts in the down time of the commission, but I expect to have something ready to show by Sunday.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. LadyGrave
    Sep 05, 2012 @ 15:47:46

    These look like fun! I took a printmaking class during my last semester at school, but we didn’t get to linos. Sadly, I probably won’t touch my screenprinting screen for about 30 years… but who knows?


  2. ruthsartwork
    Sep 05, 2012 @ 16:57:30

    It is fun! I actually like the unmounted block a bit better than the mounted one because it is lower to the table and is easier to hold and maneuver.

    In college, I did a few etchings for a press and some wood cuts, but not much since then. I figured linoleum was the easiest to experiment with now, They are very easy to cut. I think it will be as much mental as anything else.


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