This week I wanted to take a look back at my very first linoleum prints. Since I was new to carving I designed a floral pattern that wasn’t too complex, but would still challenge me enough so that I would learn how to use the materials and tools.
Here are the first two prints; a black inking on a purple sheet of Canson, and a white inking on a navy sheet of Canson.
The print on the left is most successful to me, and has left a small imprint on me because I have been drawn to printing with black ever since. The print on the right appears to look like a ‘negative’ image, so while it doesn’t look as crisp as its partner it is an effective experimental print.
Experimenting in Printing
Experimentals are kinds of exploratory prints, where the block, screen, or etching can be printed in unexpected colors, layered on top of itself, or positioned in different ways to create a varied composition; all different from the original. In doing them, even unintentionally, you are able to surprise yourself and let chance have a part in your work. My prints tend to be very controlled and intentional, so by forcing myself to make some experimentals each time I allow myself to loosen up and end up with some interesting outcomes that I would not have normally planned for.
Here are some experimental prints from this same floral block;
Shown above is a layered print, where I experimented with placement. The layered effect creates subtle shapes within each imprint of the block.
These final ones were both printed with the same dark blue base. The difference in mood in each of them is drastically altered by their top colors. I believe the print on the right is the most successful out of the two and one of my favorite prints from this run entirely, because the blending of the two colors creates an interesting neutral shade where they overlap. I recommend experimenting as much as anyone can, because you never know what it will lead to.
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