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Topic: lino cut..this time as a print and as a tee-shirt..lake scene  (Read 2524 times)
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« on: July 03, 2013 09:44:20 AM »

well this was a big one to cut out...it took ages..anyone handy at massage??

a boat on a lake, half moon...some issues with the design and layout of this, I had originally put a swan flying across the sky, but it didn't work...the constellation cygnus is in there instead...

I tried block printing medium with black oil paint..it only served to remind me that a) I need a press for prints and b) why I hate to work with anything that is not water soluble..

I tried a second time with my old trusty speedball screen printing inks, which made me much happier, re: the clean up, but not so much re the lack of press...

so I had a go at printing onto fabric, tee-shirts this time..now we're talking..this time it prints well, the fabric clings to the paint and it is easier to transfer...

still a few issues to iron out..I put the fabric onto the linocut, as it is a bit big and bendy..I suspect that would work so much better if I mounted the block onto wood, to keep it flat..and then print directly onto fabric that is stretched onto a table... these tee-shirts have smudging on the edges, which I am not happy with...but they are good enough for a first attempt...
 these are the two tee-shirts that I did




and a close up of the image quality on the tee


this is the image on paper...I am a little too close to the work and can see the flaws..but in general I am happy with it so far..


I'd welcome any suggestions about ironing out some of the problems above (I am aware that ironically using an iron would have helped!..lol)
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« Reply #1 on: July 03, 2013 06:08:27 PM »

Oh wow, these look amazing! I love the print on the shirts  Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: July 04, 2013 12:30:14 AM »

...and you hand cut this whole gorgeous design? I'm in awe!
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« Reply #3 on: July 04, 2013 08:27:35 AM »

EdelC - you could post each and every one of your creations on that board 'More Art Less Craft'.  I love how you can take work in so many different mediums and make it work. 
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« Reply #4 on: July 04, 2013 04:33:43 PM »

...and you hand cut this whole gorgeous design? I'm in awe!

in one sitting and my back was killing me...lol


aw thanks WiseOne...this one was actually a toss up between this category and the more art less craft..but it was more craft, I decided in the end.

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« Reply #5 on: July 07, 2013 08:13:30 AM »

Gorgeous - it makes me think of an old Japanese wood cut - I love it!
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« Reply #6 on: July 08, 2013 04:30:35 AM »

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« Reply #7 on: July 10, 2013 06:07:30 AM »

thanks guys..I am still trying to figure out how to get a decent print on paper from it. I have been invited to put a picture in an exhibition in august, the theme is boats and water...so this will be perfect

if I can get a damn print!.lol
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« Reply #8 on: July 10, 2013 09:01:18 AM »

Beautiful! I especially love the motion of the ocean waves.  It makes me think of a modernized version of Hokusai's famous Great Wave print!  I am just starting to do lino block prints myself, and this is very inspiring. = )
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« Reply #9 on: July 11, 2013 05:18:13 AM »

Beautiful! I especially love the motion of the ocean waves.  It makes me think of a modernized version of Hokusai's famous Great Wave print!  I am just starting to do lino block prints myself, and this is very inspiring. = )

thank you for that!
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« Reply #10 on: July 17, 2013 12:01:08 PM »

This is a Featured Project! Congrats!  Smiley
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« Reply #11 on: July 18, 2013 10:00:28 AM »

This is absolutely gorgeous! Great job!
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« Reply #12 on: July 19, 2013 04:32:32 AM »

This is a Featured Project! Congrats!  Smiley

awesome! that's made my day
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« Reply #13 on: July 19, 2013 04:23:37 PM »

Great work!  I totally understand the literal pains of lino cutting (my hands have been cramped for days from it gah).  For a few tips for printing without a press:
For shirts, have a shirt form that fits inside of the shirt, it keeps wrinkles out of the fabric, keeps it overall flat, and I find makes it easier to do a bunch of shirts in a row (assuming you have a few forms).
You might want to try adding a medium to your water based ink, think will make the transfer go smoother (especially onto paper), such as a retarder (which will also make your ink dry a lot slower, which must be causing you some troubles if you are doing more than 2 or 3 prints at a time), but you can get other bases and mediums to mix in.
Also, I use a second (wider) brayer to print, it gives a bit more of an even result than other ways that I've printing without a press (although I'm not sure what you are currently using to print so maybe you already are using a brayer?)
But, for smaller blocks, I use a piece of thick glass for pressure, which I just find faster for little guys than the brayer.  I'm not sure how using a piece of glass would work for larger blocks, I haven't had a piece big enough piece of glass to try. 

Also, I saw that  you printing using your car as a press.. so smart!  I don't own a car, so it totally doesn't work for me, but if I had one, you could bet a bunch of my gas would go towards using it as a press, instead of all of my gas going into hand pressing (hah).

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« Reply #14 on: July 19, 2013 04:57:36 PM »

sweatereyes those are some brilliant tips, thank you!
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« Reply #15 on: July 21, 2013 05:57:06 AM »

That is a gorgeous lino cut!

I'm very lucky that we have presses in my lino class.

I'm wondering if spray starch on the reverse of the fabric as well as a stiff cardboard would help keep the fabric in shape, and then, a similarly stiff board (or plank) on the lino.

Sorry if you've already said. Have you laid the lino on the fabric rather than the fabric on the lino - I think you'd be able to achieve the easiest prints that way.

 make my prints both ways up in the press, and we tried various methods with brayers & spoons, hands and anything else we could get our hands on when we were experimenting with different papers and printing mediums/inks/paints. Smiley
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