|row boats in the sun|
I choose a photo I took of three row boats tied to a dock at Isle au Haute, Maine for my subject. The photo has large shapes with dark colors, deep shadows, whites and bright sun light.
I used speedball carving tools, starting with the knife to outline shapes to be carved. The 2V tool was also used to outline, and make medium lines. The larger 2V and 5U tools were used to remove large amounts of linoleum inside the bigger shapes. The smaller 1V blade was used to create small precise lines, and the 1V, 2V and 3U shaped blades were used to add texture to the boat hulls and dock.
The finished linocut was inked with a thick dark blue ink and places on the printer bed ink side up. Paper was carefully placed on top of the linocut. The bed was slid under the printers roller. The ink on the linocut adheres to the paper creating a reverse image. The amount of ink transferred depends on the viscosity of the ink, the amount of ink on the linocut, the type of paper and amount of pressure imparted by the press during printing. The first print didn't have enough ink or pressure. I lowered the roller a bit and re-inked the linocut with thinner black ink. The resulting second print came out much better with sharp lines and smooth consistent areas of color.
|First print||Second print|
|Paper towel print|