First rough proofs of Goat Willow

 

Well, now I know why I do reduction prints most of the time… Although this is looking as I had hoped it would so far, I always forget how much more faffing and cutting and re proofing I need to do when doing a multi block print! I keep telling myself that it will be worth it in the end and at least I can experiment with colours, which I can’t do so much with a reduction. It’s all part of the process though and I have discovered an easier way of offsetting the key block onto the other blocks, one of the many things I have learnt today!

 

New work in progress – with hand carved text!

Finally I have time to start a new print. I got this goat willow (or pussy willow) in a bunch of flowers a few weeks ago and I couldn’t resist drawing it…in my beautiful new sketchbook. I bought this lovely handmade book from Richard Shimmel, a fellow lino artist, who has used some of his extra prints to cover these books. They are beautifully made and a joy to use.

I wanted to do something that would look like a bookplate from an old botanical book. I had an idea about the kind of typeface I wanted so searched the internet and found this one. It’s called Matador and it’s just what I had in mind.

Here is the start of the tracing process. For a change this is going to be a multi block print, which is a bit out of my comfort zone as I really do prefer to do reduction prints! Once I’ve carved this key block I will offset it onto the other blocks to make sure everything is in the same place.