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Topic: My first-ever linocut prints -- Signs of San Antonio  (Read 815 times)
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« on: July 10, 2013 01:26:18 PM »

A few weeks ago, I picked up a Speedball block printing kit while shopping around at Michael's.  I live in San Antonio, and am in love with the Pearl Brewery complex, which is a rapidly-growing and trendy place near downtown right now, so I chose the Pearl sign as the topic for my very first attempt.

This is the result, printed with the black ink that came with the kit on kraft paper:



You can see that my very first cuts were on the "l", which is a lot less smooth than the other letters.  Even though the cuts are not very skilled, I like the "in-lined" effect that parts of some of the letters have.  Here's another example, this time with red ink on scrap white cardstock:



(My printing techniques leave a lot to be desired still!)  For my second cut, I used a neon sign from the Can Plant building, also located at Pearl, as my inspiration.  Here's the source photo I took on my cell phone:



And here is the result, again on scraps of kraft paper and white cardstock, but with turquoise ink this time:





You can see where I nicked the upper-left side of the hexagon while cutting out the negative space around the print.  Lesson learned: probably smarter to cut out and AWAY from the center of the image, rather than towards the middle.  Tongue  Still, I am pretty proud of how they turned out!
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« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2013 01:38:04 PM »

Beautiful! I love your block prints Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2013 03:08:34 PM »

Fellow San Antonian here--looks awesome! Might look cool on a t-shirt or tote-bag!
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« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2013 04:43:47 PM »

These look awesome!
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« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2013 12:39:35 PM »

Thank you all for the kind words! embercostumer - I think that when I have a few more designs in the series finished, I will give that tote bag idea a try!
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« Reply #5 on: July 11, 2013 01:40:26 PM »

These are great and I really love the theme you're working with. It would be neat to do a whole series of your favorite signs from around town. Keep it up!!
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Fun idea to make signs from your city!  Smiley
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