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)

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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)

Proofing Alhambra Arches – Multi-block Linocut

I have been proofing my three block linocut ‘Alhambra Arches’. Here are some progress pictures; I did proof print wet on wet ink for the last block, which doesn’t get the best results, but for proofing it is fine – I couldn’t wait! I intend to do some more colour combinations as I’d like to print a varied colour edition of 30 prints. I think I will do three sets of 10 prints of a certain colour combination. I am still thinking on whether to make some adjustments to the last block.

I would love to hear your thoughts on these.

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(© Catherine Cronin)