Archive for reduction method

Exiled

Posted in Art, Block Prints, Process with tags , , , on February 18, 2009 by scratchyb

Old Scratch has been exiled to the living room. It’s Ladies Night, and that leaves me just a few precious minutes at a time to duck into the kitchen, lest I hear something I truly didn’t care to hear.

A while back I posted about a large block-print I made, which I did with two colors: silver and black. It wasn’t quite the way I wanted, because I failed to plan and had already cut into the center of the subject, which would have been the full silver color, before I realized I wanted to use the reduction method to do multiple colors on this print.

So, now, with the first block all cut up, I broke down and got a second, printed the tree from the first onto paper, and then did a monoprint onto the other block. I’m now cutting only the outline, and with some finagling in registration, I should be able to have a nice set of full two-color prints.

I was just talking to someone about my prints tonight. I explained that for some reason, I’m always drawn to linocuts, even though time after time I swear I’m done with this medium. It’s immensely satisfying, and oddly relaxing, with the combination of physical effort and mental concentration lest you slip and gouge yourself, or wreck your image. Yes, the same thing can be done digitally, but after working all day on computers, I don’t relish the idea of doing it some more when I get home. It’s one of the reasons I no longer write as much as I used to.

Advertisements