Experimenting With Linoleum Block Printing
I bought some silk flowers at Michael's so I could practice drawing some images that I want to make linoleum block prints from.
How could anyone hate hydrangeas? They're one of my favorites. I'd prefer a bouquet of hydrangeas over roses any day. Take that, Madonna!
This is my model sunflower. I got my sketch carved into the linoleum block and printed out. You can see my first printing down below. It's a trial run, seeing as how I'm pretty new to this form of printing. I was going to try silk screen printing, but there are so many supplies you need. And then the light exposure thing sounds complicated. Block printing feels old-fashioned (although wood block printing would feel even more old-fashioned) and there's no emulsion involved, which looks messy.
Here's a little sushi cut (that's a rubber block on the right). I did some sketches of my dinner one night back in Japan. I thought I might use a camera to shoot my subject and then trace it onto wax paper, but I ended up drawing freehand. Then I traced my original drawing onto some wax paper and pressed the wax paper face down onto the block. I rubbed over the pencil lines with my finger nail to get the image transferred onto the block. Then I carved, and carved, and carved using a tool made for cutting lino blocks. When you print, you'll end up with a mirror image of what's on your block.
The nice thing about printing is that you get lots of chances to make it look just right. Don't think that will happen today though, because, among other things, I've got to find some cheap shades for our living room windows. We're feeling pretty exposed with our bare windows, especially now that it's getting dark around 4 p.m.