Monday, February 21, 2011

Mellow Monday Making Prints....

As part of my sorting, organizing, cleaning out the studio and basement process I came across some old wood and linoleum blocks from way back when. I used to do a lot of woodblock printing, switched to linoleum for a very short time and then put it all aside to do other things.
 Mondays are pretty mellow around here so I decided to see if these blocks were worth saving...
 The little panda was the first to get inked up....
 The top one of these shows the back of the paper once it has been carefully placed on the block. I then use my thumb to rub outward from the center in all directions which helps keep the paper centered and not moving while all areas receive some ink. The bottom one has been carefully rubbed over with a smooth back of a wooden spoon.
 The panda bear had some broken spots but this little owl that must date from around 1975 (because I know I sold cards made with him while still in college and selling them at the student center) is still in pretty good shape....
 This cat, cut in linoleum, did not fare well at all and will join the panda bear in whatever heaven old inked blocks go to....
 Here you can see some of them hanging to dry by the fireplace.....
It only took a half hour or so to print these and now I know for sure which ones (or one) is worth keeping.

2 comments:

pamwares said...

these are so neat. creative and unique. happy monday!

Murr Brewster said...

I'm still doing this kind of art and I use regular linoleum cutters but do it on sheet rubber. It's available at my local art supply store, and it cuts like butter. Exactly the same results but with more control. Have you run into it? I love love love woodcutty art.