Printmaking in California! – Part 2
October 8, 2012 § 7 Comments
Triumph! After two straight intensive weeks of printmaking with artist Don Mackessy down in California we have the start of a body of work!
So far we have nine prints designed for a linocut series of the flora and fauna of California. This week I wanted to share some images of the initial steps in our process.
Our process – step by step:
1. Concept and image design
2. Transfer images onto linoleum
3. Carve linoleum blocks
4. Run test prints and adjust carving
5. Print editions!
We put a lot of thought into which natural elements to combine for our imagery. Each design was then transferred onto our linoleum blocks using acetone and old magnetic style photocopies (not ink jet prints). For the blocks themselves we mounted cut sheets of linoleum onto fitted pieces of cabinet grade plywood.
We then meticulously hand carved the imagery into the linoleum.
Once the linoleum block was completely carved we ran test prints. Our press is a hundred year old stereotype press from Chicago with a hand crank. It feels amazing to run a block and to feel the pressure imbedding the ink onto the page.
We still have more blocks to carve and will update next week with more images of our linocut editions!
Thanks for reading! <<<>>> More next week…