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Topic: Signs of San Antonio #3 - La Gloria  (Read 1514 times)
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« on: September 09, 2013 08:42:43 PM »

Back in July, I started a series of lino block prints featuring signs from around my hometown of San Antonio, TX (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=425489.0#axzz2eSOXKwW2).  This weekend, I finished up the next item in the series:



This angel is not technically a sign, but rather, part of the logo from the La Gloria restaurant at the Pearl (the complex that inspired the first two items in the series).  I am not sure who the artist of the original image is, but I wanted to make sure and point out that I did not do this design; I only replicated it as a lino block print.  Still, this was my most ambitious carving project to date, and I am *really* pleased with how it came out.

That first print was done on white canvas paper, using the back of a spoon to burnish the paper and get a full image.  I also did one on brown Kraft paper:



I have to say, I love the way these prints look on the kraft paper.  Since I initially posted this for the Summer Nerd Games, I also did prints with green ink to better reflect my team and the challenge I submitted it for:





That last image is actually the very first pressing I did with the block.  Unlike the others, which were burnished with the back of a spoon, I merely pressed the block down onto the paper for this one; you'll notice that it gives a much less full image.

Lastly, the carved block itself:



The carved blocks themselves feel like small works of art to me.  I love how what is negative space in the print is actually full of carved lines -- it makes the blocks feel almost alive somehow.

I am really pleased with how the series is going so far, and I definitely plan to continue -- I would love to have 12 or 15 images total by the time I'm done.
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    « Reply #1 on: September 09, 2013 08:45:11 PM »

    You're doing so well with those lino carvings Smiley You need to teach me Wink
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    « Reply #2 on: September 10, 2013 07:08:15 AM »

    Hee hee!  A chubby cherub!  Awesome!
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    « Reply #3 on: September 16, 2013 12:14:58 PM »

    How wonderful! This is such a great piece. You must be printing it every chance you get Smiley.

    I did some lino carving in an art class years ago. I really enjoyed the process.
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    « Reply #4 on: October 03, 2013 05:40:30 AM »

    Such a detailed lino-cut! His chubby checks are too cute.  Smiley

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    « Reply #5 on: October 03, 2013 05:49:15 PM »

    Awesome stamp!
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    « Reply #6 on: October 14, 2013 07:46:53 PM »

    What an awesome stamp!
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    « Reply #7 on: October 18, 2013 07:16:25 AM »

    oh wow--this takes lino cut stamps to a new level!  I love it!
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    He is fantastic! I love seeing finished linocuts, and you're right, they are like little works of art themselves ^____^
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    « Reply #9 on: February 21, 2014 10:53:30 AM »

    That looks great! I love what you said about the negative space. Such a strange image, i can see why you wanted it to be part of your series. Smiley
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