I have been working on creating greeting cards with my recent set of lino cut prints. I forgot to take photos of most of them but I managed to get photos of the last three.
Each card has a background color that I found in my paper stash. The note card blanks are brown.
Then I have been gluing the prints and background colored paper to the card with Yes paste. I use an old credit card to scrape on the glue thinly. Then I put the cards under a pile of books to dry.
Each card is different and I sell them at the store. Hopefully, they will fly out the door 🙂
Hope you have a good weekend!
Here are the last set of the layered linocut prints I have been working on for a while now.
These are the buds on a tree limb design over the previously printed layers. On the bottom two, I decided to see how I like adding more of the background texture. I don’t mind the background texture but it needs to cover the entire print. So no more cutting off the edges of the linoleum block. I think I will go with background texture so that I don’t have to worry about little smudges here and there that always seem to show up even when I try to prevent them.
And here’s two more on painted paper. I have tons of painted paper in my stash so I need to be using some of that up. Another printing session happening soon!
Here are the aspen linocut layered prints that I have been working on lately.
These are on previously layered and printed paper. I have been using Strathmore printmaking paper and Speedball Professional inks. I am still working on getting clean prints. Next time that I carve the black design, I will leave the linoleum the same size as the other prints. I thought it would help to cut off around the edges to have less mess. But then you just get lines around the cut edge. I would rather have “artifacts” over the entire print and make it look deliberate. Plus I needed to use less black ink on these. They got a bit messy to say the least.
Here’s a couple more prints on painted paper. The one on the right is watercolor paper so it has much more texture than the printmaking paper or the sketchbook paper. It gives a totally different looking type of print. But I like the texture actually.
I hope you have a great weekend.
I finished all my top layer lino cut blocks for my layered lino printing. So today I printed the top layer.
I started out with this one as a test run. It is on rough watercolor paper so it doesn’t print evenly but it worked OK.
Then I printed on my previous two layers and I am pleased with the results. I still seem to get ink everywhere and I’m not a tidy printer. But the plans are to crop these and use them as cards.
I also used a couple of previously painted papers and I like these too. I will show you the two other sets in upcoming posts. Now, I can do some more layered printing with different colors. Fun, fun, fun!
I finished the floral linocut I was working on. Now I have one more to complete of an aspen tree and I will be ready to finish my layered prints.
Here is the linocut completed. I inked it with blue ink and tried a test print to see if I needed to carve out more of the background.
Here’s the test print. I did carve a bit more from around the stems of the flowers but there will still be some background “noise” with the prints. I am really looking forward to finishing these. It’s taken me longer that I would have liked due to my work schedule being thrown for a loop but I will get there eventually. How is your summer going? It’s finally warmed up here and we’re enjoying some sunshine.