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Would you like a print? (AKA a tiny little giveaway)

I’m learning how to print and Theo is just not impressed with me. 🙂

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But me? I’m impressed with myself even if only a little.

Just after Art in Action I decided I’d love to try printing lino cuts, so I gathered some papers, bought a brayer and some sepia printing ink and decided to look up some techniques on YouTube and visit artist’s websites.

It soon became apparent that it was also necessary to have a heavy burnisher for transferring the ink to the paper.

Robert said, “will this piece of brass do?” I said it would be so perfect if only there was no danger of snagging the paper on the rough edge.

Robert said, “There you go, there’s the lathe!”
(Gulp)Are you kidding me?

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Actually, he’s the greatest! He started the process for me, got me to have a go once he had it going so I could say I had a hand in the design of my wonderful new burnisher and finished it for me expertly bevelling all edges. It would win first prize for the smoothest thing in the smooth thing competition.

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So today, this is what my studio table looks like. (Actually it looks much worse, this has been cleaned ever so slightly so you can see there’s a real table under there.)

These printing blocks are Robert’s mother’s wonderful 1950s plates.

I thought they were lino cuts, but underneath the paint, they are solid, probably lead.

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And here is my window sill and radiator. Oh, can’t see them? That’s because I’ve been practising and I won’t stop till I have at least 20 good images that I like.

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It’s actually trickier that I thought. There’s a fine line between too much ink and not enough. There’s a fine line between too vigorous a burnishing and too light.

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And then, some of the plates are very fine lines and some very solid and some have fine and solid lines mixed up. There doesn’t seem to be a one rule fits all here.

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And then I will hurry up and try for different papers before I even know what I’m doing…lol

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So if you’re not like Theo and are a little bit impressed and would like to have a 1950s print or two in sepia ink, then tell me and I will send it out to you. 🙂

Unless you’re Chloe and then you have to wait till I get back. 🙂

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Comments: 21

  • July 27, 2013
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    yes, please, count me in! and i’m so impressed with your lathe work!! well done! and how awesome that you could use those vintage blocks! swoon!! i’m sure you’ll be carving your own lino cuts soon (i have several blanks myself that i’ve never gotten around to using) and i can’t wait to see those!

  • July 27, 2013
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    Just like an athlete, you have to practice to develop a feel for the amount of ink and the burnishing. They look wonderful. I’d love to have one.

  • July 27, 2013
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    These are gorgeous! Of course I want one. You’ve been trying some adventurous art-things lately. Makes me want to get my paints out! But then, when would I write? I would want to do ONLY that. Or knit. Or try something totally new, that I’ve never done before. See? How diffuse I’d get? So I’ll leave the art to you, Veronica. Seriously, these are lovely.

  • July 27, 2013
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    Me too! Absolutely beautiful! What a great talent your building, you make me feel motivated!

  • July 27, 2013
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    These are great. You seem to have the hang of the inking and the burnishing. Lucky you to have the blocks.

    Marrianna

  • July 27, 2013
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    I’d love to have one! I particularly like the one on the text background, but will happily accept anything…

  • Kristi

    July 27, 2013
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    I’d love a print! These are so cute! Love them!

  • July 27, 2013
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    Are you mailing to the US, too? Because you know I’d love one! xo!! 🙂

  • July 29, 2013
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    i would love a print on a book page .. how fabulous .. when i was in school (I went to the HS of Art & Design) we did lino prints and wood block prints .. and we did our own wood and lino cutting .. it was great fun, lino is easier but wood is more challenging and prints (in my opinion) cleaner …

  • July 29, 2013
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    That’s really neat! You’re so creative. If you’re shipping out to the US, I’ll take one, too 🙂

  • July 30, 2013
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    What a find, those cuts look fantastic, I would love one. Maybe I could give you my son’s address, canmore AB and then it won’t cost much to send them there, He will bring them over when he visits soon. What an excellent idea. Thank you. c

  • July 30, 2013
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    Printing has always fascinated me. Those are lovely stamps too. A nice variety. And I think it’s awesome that you were printing them on book pages, makes it all the more interesting! 🙂 I’ll just save you in my inbox to look and enjoy <3

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