Monday, April 28, 2008
In which the fish is teaching Molly to make a Linoblock print.
This is for molly, but you may all join in and play if you want to.
Things you need for linoblock printing
If you wish to make Lino prints, you will first need to get these things.
(don't forget to click on the pictures so you get a good look at everything.
There are lots of kinds of lino. some is very rubbery, some you can use both sides of, whatever kind you get make sure it is flexible and not hard as a rock. If it doesn't bend easily, it's too hard. Silk cut is a good brand to buy. I use lots of different kinds.
A little packet of tools with different sized blades is good and some kinds come with a little sharpening stone in the pack. This is good too.
You will need also a packet of disposable surgeons gloves, and a piece of plate glass or a big shiny tile to roll your ink out on.
The paper you will need has to be soft and fine, like rice paper. I have found that foreign language newspapers can be nice, as can the pages of a phone book, but they are high in acid and therefore will yellow easily.
A roll of white rice paper is the best thing but gather some bits of nice printed or coloured paper for some chine colle.
If you can't, get the lino or the tools, you can kit yourself out with one of those foam trays that various food items are packaged in, and a sharp wooden skewer. Then at least you can make something, and it's practically free.
You will also need a picture to draw onto the lino. You will be drawing in onto the lino with a WHITE pencil. Your design can be someting simple, and remember that with this technique, sophisticated is not always the most successful. Blockprints have a lovely rough hewn quality to them. Your drawing can be tonal or just shapes.
Why not do a bird? Or something from the garden or sitting on the windowsill?
I hope some of you may want to play this game but as a kind of a meme, it IS a bit more um, physically material.
tell me when you're ready. Off you go....