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1  Squirrels and Chipmunks (& Typography) in Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects by minouette on: October 05, 2011 10:00:36 AM
I'd like to share a couple of recent linocuts:



Despite the opinion of some people around here (i.e. this apartment) there's a colony of white squirrels in Toronto's Trinity-Bellwood Park! I know. I've seen them, This is a portrait of one of them, climbing head-down a maple tree, along with the words "Legendary White Squirrel of Trinity-Bellwoods", which I carved in reverse, in lino, and printed in dark, silver-bronze, with redish-pink eyes, on Japanese kozo (or mulberry paper). Each print is 8.5 inches (21.6 cm) wide and 14 inches (35.6 cm) tall. It's sort of become a running joke to question the reality of the white squirrels of Trinity-Bellwoods, but they are well documented. You can google it. They even have a street, White Squirrel Way, and a caf named after them.

The lettering (fantastical "Legendary", outlined white "White Squirrel" with large bushy-tail like swirls, and the more formal and stylized "Trinity-Bellwoods") reflects the nature of the words.



This is my lino block print of a chipmunk, printed in bronze and black ink on Japanese kozo (or mulberry) paper, 7.25 inches by 12.5 inches (18.5 cm by 31.5 cm), in an edition of 10. Colours slightly variable.

This little guy is based on a photograph (by my better half). One of the resident cottage chipmunks really made this gesture. I couldn't resist adding a thought caption.
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2  Blockplates: rainclouds & octopus in Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects by minouette on: April 16, 2011 11:36:41 AM
I've been making some block printed bookplates (on Japanese kozo, or mulberry paper), which I thought I'd share:




Cheers!
minouetet
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3  Screech-owl and block in Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects by minouette on: February 08, 2011 11:01:10 AM


This is my latest linocut and block. It's a Western Screech-Owl (more or less life sized ~8.5 inches or 22 cm tall).

I carved Mr. Otus Kennicottii (the screech-owl) in linoleum and printed him in water-based block printing ink, on Japanese kozo (or mulberry) paper, in an edition of six prints. Each print is 6 and a quarter by 12 and a half inches (15.9 cm by 31.8 cm).

I use the soft artists' lino (sometimes called softoleum).

Smiley
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4  The Owl and the Pussycat (plush animals) in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by minouette on: February 08, 2011 10:11:52 AM
I think this is my first post in this section. Generally, you can find me in the 'image reproduction - other' category because I make lino block prints. But this time I make prints on fabric to make the Owl and the Pussycat (and then had fun photographing them with a knit throw 'sea' and paper sky backdrop):



These are the plush animals themselves (the owl is about 8 inches or 22 cm tall):


 and the backing print fabric - which inspired the whole thing:

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5  Bat (linocut) in Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects by minouette on: October 05, 2010 02:31:41 PM
Hey folks,

This is my latest linocut - a bat. I printed it by hand with a baren (disk wrapped in a bamboo leaf) on Japanese paper (teal unryu). I use water-based inks - in this instance, silver and opalescent medium. Bats are cool I think. Smiley



Here's my block:
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6  Block printed pillows: raccoon and dinosaur in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by minouette on: April 25, 2010 01:42:31 PM
So I've been printing fabric with my lino block prints and making patchwork pillows of late. Here are a couple of recent ones:




Raccoon and text are carve in reverse in soft artist's lino and printed onto silk.




This is a late Cretaceous Ankylosaur, the Euoplocephalus printed on silk in a patchwork pillow with contemporary, vintage and rustic fabrics. Craftster tanisalexis screenprinted the lefts on the cream coloured fabric. (We had a personal fabric swap, so it's a mini-collaboration).
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7  Portrait of an Astronomer: Henrietta Swan Leavitt in Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects by minouette on: April 20, 2010 12:11:33 PM


This is a portrait of Henrietta Swan Leavitt (July 4, 1868 December 12, 1921) who discovered that luminosity is proportional to period for Cepheid variable stars, allowing astronomers to determine the distance scale for celestial objects! This revolutionized modern astronomy, though she received little recognition at the time (more info on history of science stuff on my blog http://minouette.livejournal.com/393339.html).



To make this image, I carved the portrait and luminosity function (oscillating line with 'L' and solar symbol - circle with a dot, time t and arrows) in reverse, on one lino block. I mixed silver and violet water-based block printing ink to get the colour. The constellations (Cepheus, Cassiopeia, Draco, Ursa Minor and Andromeda) I carved  in reverse on a second lino block and mixed gold and white inks. I did some experimenting on the registration - how the two images would line up. I printed several proofs. When I was satisfied, I first printed the stars on 6 sheets of Japanese kozo (or mulberry) paper, and let that dry. Then I printed the portrait on top. I do this by hand with a baren - a flat disk printmaking tool (but you can use a wooden spoon to burnish the paper onto the inked lino block). The sheets are 10 inches by 12.5 inches (25.4 cm by 31.8 cm).

I hope you like it.  Grin
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8  High Five Raccoon & owl who? Multi-colour block prints. in Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects by minouette on: March 22, 2010 01:47:57 PM


This is a lino block print I made. I used a single block, I just inked it with different colours. I used a wide brayer (roller) in black ink for the raccoon and then a small one to get gray details and a 3rd one for red text. Each sheet is 15" by 8 and 3/8 " (38 cm by 21.3 cm).

I based this on a photo I took of my former neighbour:


I seem to have wildlife and typography on the brain. This is a reduction print of an owl:


First I printed a flat yellow rectangle, then carved the eyes, lines and the text outline and printed the red layer. Then I carved more lines and the body of the text and printed the black layer.

This print is much smaller (~ 3 inches by 4 inches).

Anyway, these are two different means of getting multiple colours from a single block.
 Grin
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9  bumblebee linocut in Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects by minouette on: March 22, 2010 01:38:31 PM
I thought I'd share one of my most recent prints. Here is my bumblebee.



Linoblock print on japanese kozo (mulberry) paper with yellow washi chine coll (that just means I've collaged the yellow details by also printing the block on fine, yellow, Japanese paper). The bumblebee fits within 10 cm squared (about 4") and the paper is 20 cm squared.

You can see how I built up the colour by adding paper. Here is the block printed just on the white paper:


Smiley
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10  Entomolgy pillow in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by minouette on: March 22, 2010 01:25:22 PM
Hi!
I made a new pillow: three lino block printed panels (on new and vintage, thrifted fabric) along with some contemporary print fabrics and some rustic, hand-woven Nepalese fabric - with an insect theme (bumblebee and butterflies).




Insect details:




Cheers,
minouette
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