Playing with printmaking of late has been very interesting. The lino block on the right has been a challenge to carve, requiring a heat gun and extra strength. At the same time, it takes nice fine details well but printing it definitely requires more effort. Each flaw in the block is visible in the print, but in this case, it actually adds to the character of the image as the flaws look like stars. The Speedy Carve print on the left was created as a sample during my printmaking workshop at the library and took minutes. In fact, I didn't even finish it but someone needed my carving tool and I quite like the effect. The print is cleaner, too, and I only used my hands to press the paper to my block after quickly rolling a brayer of colour over the block. After this little experiment, I think I'll probably stick to the rubber carving blocks because they're quick, fun, and much easier on my shoulder though I think I may just hang the lino block as a piece of art in itself.
AIRdirondack Art Project