My 200th Post! – Purveyors of Print Exhibition

Pleased that for my 200th post I can share that I am excited to have my Peru Series of linocut prints in this exhibition ‘Purveyors of Print’ at Xylonite Arts, 12 Winchester Road, London E4 9LN from 08 April to 09 May 2015.

Here are the 4 linocuts that made it:

 

Peru Big Cat Linocut & Ink Hand Colouring

Peru Big Cat Linocut & Ink Hand Colouring

 

Peru Flying Bird Linocut & Ink Hand Colouring

Peru Flying Bird Linocut & Ink Hand Colouring

 

Peru Standing Bird Linocut

Peru Standing Bird Linocut

Peru Bug Linocut

Peru Bug Linocut

(© Catherine Cronin)

Peru Bug Editioned

At last my Peru Bug linocut has dried, and I have editioned them and they are now available for sale via Etsy & Folksy. Sometimes I think I should give water based inks a go; but when I have used them in the past I just don’t quite like the look of them compared to oil based inks. I love using oil based inks, I know they aren’t as environmentally friendly and there is the issue of drying time. If any of you can recommend some water based relief ink brands, that you think highly of, I will definitely try some of them out.

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Peru-BugPrintweb

(© Catherine Cronin)

And Finally – Peru Bug Linocut Printed!

I have finished printing in a dark green the last print in my Peru Print Series; linocut prints inspired by designs and symbols on a Peruvian textile that I bought in the USA years ago. The last photo shows the green colour in the print better than the other two images. You can read about the three other prints I made here. This linocut will match in form the third linocut; Peru Standing Bird. This one is called ‘Peru Bug’, what do you think?

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PeruInsectDryingweb

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(© Catherine Cronin)

Peru Print Series – Linocut cut!

I have finished cutting the fourth linocut in my Peru Print Series; linocut prints inspired by designs and symbols on a Peruvian textile that I bought in the USA years ago. You can read about the three other prints I made here. This linocut will match in form the third linocut; Peru Standing Bird.

Peru Bug

(© Catherine Cronin)

Peru Print Series – Last Print In Progress

I am about to start a new linocut print in my Peru Print Series; linocut prints inspired by designs and symbols on a Peruvian textile that I bought in the USA years ago. You can read about the three other prints I made here.

This fourth linocut will match in form the third linocut; Peru Standing Bird.

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Insect-Peru-Sketch-web

Insect-Peru-Lino-web

(© Catherine Cronin)

Peru Print Series – Third Print Printed

Finally printed ‘Peru Standing Bird’ linocut; part of my Peru Print Series. Printed in red oil based ink on Zerkall 210g paper. I am not going to add any hand colouring with ink, as I like the boldness of the image as it is. Here they are drying after printing.

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PeruStandingBird-CCronin

(© Catherine Cronin)

Hand Colouring Linocut Prints

Hello, I have been hand colouring my pomegranate ‘Alhambra IV’ and ‘Peru Flying Bird’ linocut prints. Here are some pictures of them hanging to dry. In case you’re wondering I hang them via magnets on my metal shelves; a great space-saving idea for anyone with little room to work in.

Why hand colour prints? Why not print all the colours? My answer is that I always use any technique to get the desired result. I like the way that drawing ink sinks into the paper whereas the oil based printing ink sits slightly on the paper. The oil based printing ink is printed densely whereas the drawing ink has some translucency, I like the visual contrast. Unfortunately you cannot see this subtlety of surface in these photograph. Also I like the way that each print is even more slightly different, as well as the print impression being varied – the way the colouring is applied differs slightly too.

(All images and works under copyright © Catherine Cronin)