Pear Pop Linocuts

Here are some of the final prints of ‘Pear Pop’ linocuts with added collaged leaves after printing. I am planning an edition of 10 for each pear design. These linocuts are companion pieces to my ‘Apple Pop‘ linocut from last year.

Printed with Caligo relief water-based ink on specialist printing paper, Zerkall 150 gsm. The colour collaged paper is Japanese straw silk paper.

I will be listing them in my Etsy and Artfinder online shops soon. Apple Pop linocuts are available in these shops now.

(© Catherine Cronin)

 

Printing Pear Pop Linocuts

At last I’ve been able to start printing some new images this year; these are the first prints of ‘Pear Pop’ linocut with chine–collé (collaged paper), companion pieces to ‘Apple Pop‘ linocuts from last year.

I do intend to add more collaged leaves to these prints once the ink has dried – similar to the ‘Apple Pop’ prints.

Printed with Caligo relief water-based ink on specialist printing paper, Zerkall 150 gsm. The colour collaged paper is Japanese straw silk paper.

(© Catherine Cronin)

 

Japanese Anenome Linocut in Progress

I have been working on my Japanese Anenome Linocut, 3 colours down and 2 more to go. This is a reduction linocut, which means after I have printed a colour, I remove more material from the lino block to print the next colour.

The design has changed a bit as I’ve been cutting and printing the block in reaction to the colours I can produce with the inks I have.

I have been using strips of mountboard glued to a plastic sheet to register the lino block with the paper. The registration has been excellent, but the strips of mountboard have embossed their shape on the paper print. Once I have a final edition of prints I will window-mount them so that the unwanted embossed effect is hidden.

(© Catherine Cronin)

 

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)

Exhibition: Tom Hammick Wall, Window, World

On Friday I saw a great exhibition of work from artist Tom Hammick at Flowers East – Exhibition:  Tom Hammick Wall, Window, World. This exhibition features new works made in response to a year-long residency at English National Opera (ENO).

I have been a fan of his work for some years now, especially his print work which primarily is using woodcut. I am drawn to his work; by his use of loud and subtle colour play, the wonderful layering of forms, the sense of narrative in his images, and the feelings of joy and unease conjured up by them. His best images work away on your imagination and pull you into their story.

Here are three of my favourite woodcut prints from the exhibition. These digital images really just give a taste; you are missing out on some of the more subtle colour patterns, and the last image is actually a really large print where you can see the grain of the wood coming through the grey ink of the fore ground – so I strongly recommend a visit to see them up close if you are in London.

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Eyes for Listening, 2015, Reduction Woodcut, Copyright Tom Hammick

 

TomHammickFriendsInTheForestWoodcut

Friends in the Forest, 2015, Reduction Woodcut Copyright Tom Hammick

 

Outskirts (Day) 2015 Woodcut Copyright Tom Hammick

Outskirts (Day), 2015, Woodcut, Copyright Tom Hammick

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)