I finished my first lino cut and had a little printing session with it.
I’m keeping notes on some of them so I know what went wrong or right and in particular, what papers work well.
Here’s the results of the first session.
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I used a waterbased block printing ink from Speedball which I discovered is not waterproof when dry. The final print with the yellow background was where I discovered this. I decided to enhance this print – it was the lightest of all of them and looked quite bitty because of the textured watercolour paper I’d used. I added some shading with coloured pencils, and strengthened the black pattern on the jug with a marker, then decided to add the yellow paint to the background.
As soon as the dried ink came into contact with moisture, it just woke right up and started blending – eek, not what I was expecting. But I just took it carefully with the paint and managed to get the colour added without too much of the black blending in. Then I thought I’d take advantage of it and used a wet paintbrush to go over the black pattern again and the foreground. I’m happy with how it’s turned out and I think the coloured background really makes the white of the jug pop.
I’ve started my second one with fresh lino and new tools and oh, what a difference!
PS – I have tweaked a cache setting to try and make the blog a bit faster to load – anyone notice any difference?