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« on: September 25, 2007 09:15:26 AM »

This is a linocut relief print of a menagerie of fish that I printed in black and then colored in with watercolors. I was going to use oil based block printing ink so that when I went over it with water colors the outlines wouldn't smudge.  Of course once I was ready to print it I couldn't find that ink anywhere even though I distinctly remember buying it a few months ago.  I printed it with water based ink instead.  I tried to paint in between the lines and didn't use too much water which kind of prevented the black from smearing. If I print more of these I will definitely buy some oil based ink first. I started painting another one of these with just two colors of fish but I think I like this one better.

Here is just the block print before water coloring it.  I think this was the first one.  It's a little off center because I forgot about registration. 

Here is the block inked and ready to be printed.

I have more about it on my blog.  I might end up carving an extra block to print the backgrounds of all the fish and print a uncarved block for the background.

« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2007 10:00:43 AM »

That's awesome!  I know it took a long time to make!  I really like it with watercolors and it looks cool plain too!
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« Reply #2 on: September 25, 2007 10:11:55 AM »

That rocks!  I am in awe of your talent and your patience.  How big is the block?  I really love how it looks colored in.

« Reply #3 on: September 25, 2007 01:17:42 PM »

I really like that! The layout is fabulous. The scaly texture just hinted at. The eyeballs! And I love the idea of adding watercolour to a print. Who says prints have to be uniform?

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« Reply #4 on: September 25, 2007 04:08:04 PM »

Thanks everybody. 

It did take a really long time to carve and I also stabbed myself in the finger pretty bad while I was working on it. 

The block is 8X10 inches.  I think the paper is 9X12.  If I print more I will also do it on larger paper so there is more space around the print.

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« Reply #5 on: September 26, 2007 11:48:01 AM »

Very cool!
I love all the different type of fish, and also how you put them together in the sort of mosaic. Very nice.

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