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« 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:


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« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2010 01:49:05 PM »

Very cool!  Wink
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« Reply #2 on: March 22, 2010 04:14:15 PM »

I like this!  I love how much detail you put into your bee.  My fingers are always in a lot of pain after carving lino :p
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« Reply #3 on: March 22, 2010 05:12:02 PM »

Wow, I've learned so much about block printing in the last three minutes! I never new you could re-cut a block with each impression (as in your owl print, and now I can say chine coll! All three you've posted today are great -- I hope you do more!

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« Reply #4 on: March 23, 2010 01:23:48 AM »

wow that is so amazing! so detailed.  Shocked
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« Reply #5 on: March 27, 2010 04:30:07 PM »

Thanks very much everyone!

ally-oops there are two tricks you could use:
1. you can heat lino to make it softer and easier to carve. A simple hot plate works well!
2. I prefer to get the really soft artist's lino or 'softoleum' ... it carves like a charm

Will do, Wulf! Glad you enjoyed all my posts.
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« Reply #6 on: March 30, 2010 03:36:44 AM »

Great work!
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« Reply #7 on: March 30, 2010 07:52:10 AM »

Thanks vogliounamelablu!
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« Reply #8 on: April 09, 2010 07:04:06 PM »

That's really beautiful work. Great details.
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« Reply #9 on: April 12, 2010 10:29:49 AM »

Thanks jemimah!
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« Reply #10 on: April 20, 2010 02:59:14 PM »

That's awesome!! I love bees!!
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« Reply #11 on: April 25, 2010 01:31:59 PM »

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« Reply #12 on: April 30, 2010 04:27:54 PM »

Wow! Such detail and the beauty is really amazing.
I'm just beginning in stamp carving and trying to learn
all the differences in the materials and terms...so help
a girl out...a linocut is done on linoleum blocks, right?
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« Reply #13 on: May 01, 2010 09:28:37 AM »

Thanks Barb!

Absolutely: linocut is done by carving linoleum. I like soft artist's linoleum (or 'softoleum'). It comes in different types. Believe it or not, the cheapest is best, IMHO. You can even use old lino flooring. It is harder to carve, but works well. If you use harder lino, I recommend getting a hot plate to heat it up and make it easier to carve. Enjoy your new foray into stamp carving and printmaking!
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« Reply #14 on: May 01, 2010 09:19:03 PM »

Thank you so much. I'm learning so much and I appreciate all the tips and help I can get.
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« Reply #15 on: June 15, 2010 09:43:17 PM »

Linoleum is my weapon of choice as well, all of your prints are fabulous! Do you use oil based or water based inks?
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« Reply #16 on: June 16, 2010 08:57:08 AM »

You're welcome Bard!

Thanks Scuttlebutt (yay fellow printmakers!). I use water-based inks. I work in my home and am not keen on having solvents around. I use a Japanese baren to print on Japanese paper and I find the water-based inks work well for me. Smiley
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« Reply #17 on: June 23, 2010 05:01:30 PM »

Cool, I was taught using oil-based inks, and that's what I bought to use in my house, but clean up is a pain! I might have to switch over.
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« Reply #18 on: June 29, 2010 08:31:28 AM »

I was taught using the oil based inks too, but now love the water-based. They each have their strengths.  Water-based are less opaque which can be a good thing. Cheesy
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« Reply #19 on: July 20, 2010 05:57:05 PM »

I recommend getting a hot plate to heat it up and make it easier to carve.

I use a hairdryer, and give a blast when it starts to get to tough. Probably not as effective as a hot plate, but it works for me.
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« Reply #20 on: July 21, 2010 09:10:38 AM »

Thanks for the tip! Smiley
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« Reply #21 on: August 18, 2010 10:16:13 AM »

That is very cool.  Smiley
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« Reply #22 on: August 20, 2010 11:29:49 AM »

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« Reply #23 on: January 04, 2011 05:50:27 PM »

I love this! It's perfect!
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« Reply #24 on: January 05, 2011 09:27:39 AM »

Thank you very much!
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« Reply #26 on: January 25, 2011 01:06:18 PM »

 Grin Thanks so much sweets!! That's wonderful.
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