Monday, January 18, 2010

Linocut Completion! (part IV)

Not a big post, but an important one... the dog linocut is done! Done! Finally! The last color was printed yesterday and thanks to about 30% cobalt drier it was torn down and editioned today. I ended up with an edition of 15, with 2 proofs on good paper, and 4 proofs on newsprint, which I mostly used for color and consistency testing to make sure the color not only looked good with the others, but sat atop the mountain of inks beneath it. Overall I'm extremely happy with the result, and especially with how it looks next to the phone linocut. They're a happy little pair. The crazy thing is, after tearing down my proofs of each color I went back and counted how many this one had and found the craziest thing... 36. Again. The phone had 36 as well. This wasn't planned in the least, and I was under the impression it was going to only be around 25 or so. Oops. Oh well, maybe the next one I'll shoot for 25 or fewer.

Without further ado...




If there's any interest in it as well... I was thinking of perhaps doing a post on tips and tricks I've learned while printing these guys. Namely, ink problems that arise, paper consistency, things of this nature, but I was also wondering if anyone is interested in the real basics of linocut printing? What is a linocut, how to print multiple colors, ways to register the paper, etc. So let me know if you'd like to see something of this nature and I'll share what little bits of knowledge I've learned. :) 

4 comments:

Wendy Willis said...

Kellie,
What a darling image. I love linocuts but haven't done more than 10 colors. I would be thrilled to learn about your process and any tips and bits you would be willing to share. (Printmakers are so generous!)

Kellie Hames said...

Hi Wendy!
Thank you, I'm very glad you like it. :) I just took a look at your linocuts and I have to say they're absolutely beautiful! I tried clicking your image before to see if you had a blog, but it only gave me a list of sites you follow, not your own blog. Anyway, I'm glad I found it, and I look forward to seeing more of your work! Thank you too for your reply about the tips and tricks. Now I just need to compose a list of things to put in it...

Sherrie Y said...

Yes, please, Kellie! All my stumblings about with relief prints are entirely self-taught, and I am certain there are plenty of things I don't know that would keep me from pulling my hair out quite as much as I do! Do share! I'll try to do the same....

barbara@sparrowavenue said...

I'd love to read anything you have to say on the topic.
I follow Sherrie Y's blog and love her work and I've just found you and O...you and Sherrie do such amazing work.