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Normally I get very bothered by stray marks and imperfect registration, but with this print, I’m really feeling it instead.

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A few very kind friends have asked if the most recent holiday prints are available as cards, so I set aside this afternoon for printing. What with one thing and another, I got carried away and printed quite a few extra. So, slap they went into my Etsy shop. Drop by and take a look; there will be more prints to come, like the Santa hat above.  

Not a lot of free time today. All you people are getting is this Festivus pole.

Testing the handmade brayer again. My apprentice was underfoot the whole time, constraining my workspace. Without freedom of movement, I couldn’t work the ink as much as I would have liked, resulting in some gloppiness. It’s most visible (or not, if you like) in the sun’s rays, which are just about all filled in. You can still see they’re there though, due to the lay of the ink, so all is not lost.

The paper is a coarse, inexpensive drawing paper for kids. After dampening, it held onto the water for a good long time.

I can’t lie; I’m a sucker for these low-angle shots. Please pardon my indulgence.

 

And here we see the awesome swoopy line that made such a statement, except that you can’t see it in any but one of the six prints. Grrr.

Having realized my old brayer was unsalvageable (don’t be like me, kids. Clean your brayer after each use), and having a deadline to meet, I found a solid wood rolling pin at Daiso, wrapped it in clear packing tape, and ran an inking test.

Somewhat uneven at the edges, but not gloppy in the details of the stone or body. This was a quick, late-night test; with some sleep and better-organized setup, this workaround should do the job sufficiently for the actual print (the giraffe, seen in the lower right, below).

Progress on the giraffe lino; further work on the body and face

Partly inked to give some idea of the final result

In an attempt to order my work somewhat, I signed up for a print exchange that I must mail my package out for in two weeks. It’s working; I’m making steady progress on this piece.

An initial sketch

At the end of tonight’s work

Detail of the lower spots