I went home from the art workshop at a local museum with a battered piece of linoleum and with blank sheets of paper where my prints were supposed to be.
The museum had a special exhibit of prints by Albrecht Durer, the master of all printmakers, and the workshop was a printmaking class. I got my negative and positive space mixed up, which can really mess up printmaking, and I didn't finish any prints in the workshop.
But with my battered linoleum and blank paper, I also went home from the workshop with the desire to try printmaking again. I bought printmaking supplies at an art shop, and the materials have been sitting in a box in my closet ever since.
Since joining EDM, I've noticed some artists making prints, and modern-day master Mark Hill's blog at http://paperravenbks.blogspot.com/ has especially caught my eye.
Looking at his block prints and reading his words, I can tell he has fun with his artwork. He inspired me to pull out my supplies today.
First I used a 3x4" piece of linoleum to carve and then print a detail from the contour drawing I posted yesterday on the blog.Next, I used a slightly smaller piece of speedy-cut rubber to make another print. For the second design, I used a drawing I made awhile ago of a flower. Here's the print with variations:
I'd like to thank Albrecht and Mark for sharing their prints and for inspiring others. (If you could tell me how to erase a carved line gone astray, I'd really appreciate it.)
Supplies used: carving tools, linoleum, rubber, water soluable printing ink, ink roller, and drawing paper for the prints. Most supplies were Speedball brand.