Oak Leaves & Acorn Linocut

Autumn has arrived in this colourful print of oak leaves and an acorn. Actually there are two timelines in this print, the green acorn and green leaves of the summer, and then the hint of autumn change with the leaves turning orange and a blustery sky. I love the shape of oak leaves and the beauty of the sun shining through them especially when their colour is changing.

This linocut is a 6 colour linocut, created from three blocks which printed the first three colours; and then each block was further cut to remove more material and then these were used to print the last three colours. This method of printmaking is known as a multi-block reduction cut; and it means the edition cannot be printed again as you no longer have the earlier stages of the blocks to print from.

Printed by hand using Caligo relief water-based ink on specialist printing paper, Zerkall 210 gsm. The yellow highlights on the leaves and stems were hand coloured with acrylic ink (making the seventh colour in the print).

This edition has 15 prints in total and it is available in my Art Finder shop.

Here is a gallery of rough proofs for each colour printed.

 

 

 

(© Catherine Cronin)

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Printing the edition ‘Marigold’ Multi-block Linocut 2015

Just thought I’d share with you some photographs of the process of printing the edition ‘Marigold’ linocut.

As it was a multi-block print I needed a way to register the blocks against the paper. I used a sheet of acetate marked up on the reverse with marker pen, showing the bottom right corner of where the lino block should be placed and where the bottom right corner of the paper should be placed. Acetate can be wiped easily of any ink that may stray onto it.

When printing I used bits of scrap paper to place on any areas of the lino that had accidently picked up ink that I didn’t want to print (I wanted a clean white paper background).

I used water based inks: Caligo Safewash Relief and Schmincke Aqua Linoldruck ink.

I printed using a hand-press onto dry Zerkall Hand-Made Printing Paper 210gsm.

(© Catherine Cronin)

Proof Print of ‘Marigold’ Linocut

I finally have proof printed a multi-block linocut of my ‘Marigold’ design. You can read about the early design process in this earlier blog ‘weekly-sketch-marigold-04112014’. I need to work on the registration a bit, but I am pleased with the result. I also used water-based inks for the first time; Caligo Safewash Relief and Schmincke Aqua Linoldruck ink, I am pleased with their performance and definitely will be using them again. Also heartening to be using inks that are kinder to the environment, as well as being less expensive than oil based inks. Please click on the following links to see the pdf product guides from the manufacturers: Caligo-ReliefFlyer_aqua_LINOLDRUCK

Below are images of the three blocks and the final proof printed – (photographed hanging whilst drying so they look a bit skewed – the black frame is a rectangle in reality):

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(© Catherine Cronin)

 

Alhambra Arches Linocut final edition

I have editioned my ‘Alhambra Arches’ linocut in three different colourways, five prints for each colour making a variable limited edition of 15.

Image size approx 20.5 x 25.5 cm
Paper size 24.5 x 31 cm

Now available to buy in my Etsy shop.

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(© Catherine Cronin)

Proofing Alhambra Arches 4 – Multi-block Linocut

I have been proofing my three block linocut ‘Alhambra Arches’. Here are some progress pictures of the third colour combination.

 

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(© Catherine Cronin)

Proofing Alhambra Arches 3 – Multi-block Linocut

I have been proofing my three block linocut ‘Alhambra Arches’. Here are some progress pictures.

Another round of proofing new colour combinations; two blocks in and one block to go.

These colours make me think of butterscotch – yum!

I am thinking a dark red for the last block.

 

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(© Catherine Cronin)

Proofing Alhambra Arches 2 – Multi-block Linocut

I have been proofing my three block linocut ‘Alhambra Arches’. Here are some progress pictures.

I have finished some final prints of the lime green, purple and blue combination.

I have printed the first block in yellow; then thinking orange and reds for next blocks.

I have also printed the first block in ochre; then thinking darker ochre and reds for next blocks.

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(© Catherine Cronin)