practice

SLOW AND STEADY

Been practicing my cuts and printing. Again, even though it's looking rough I'm really happy with what I've been doing the past couple of weeks.

As you can see, I'm having a little trouble with the tools and getting somewhat even and straight(ish) lines at this point. Also my inking of the plate is pretty inconsistent, leaving some blotchy areas.

But, what the hell. I find a lot of meditative qualities to the process and contrary to popular belief, I'm not stupid and don't expect anything good for some time. I'm just glad I haven't lost a finger or something shitty like that yet. 

You may have noticed this is in black and red like the last print I posted. That's because I only have red and black inks right now. No sense in getting crazy with a bunch of colors until I get a little more proficient and confident.

This print is also just a single plate. I carved four sections of lines, each going in a different direction, thinking it would look dope. It didn't. The idea was good, but those shitty lines were all spaced funny and it looked not too terrible but definitely was kind of boring. My wife liked it though and suggested doing a second press with the lines crisscrossing. A good idea and one that brought a little life and interest to the print I feel.

This is maybe the best of about ten that I printed. I'm kind of blurry eyed at the moment so there might be a better looking one, but you get the idea. So tomorrow it's back to getting a feel for the blades on the lino and making cuts. I'll have another print by next week no matter how good or bad it is. Slow and steady is the way to go I think.

FV