Learning linocut printing at 3 Fish Studios
|First print of "Tank"|
So my reward for proper attribution was to discover this studio was right here in San Francisco and what's more - they give classes on how to do linoleum prints of your own!! I signed up immediately.
The class goes over two Tuesday nights. We learned how to transfer our image outline to the linoleum and how to carve on the first night. Then last night, we had the real bang up fun of putting ink to those plates and creating images... I haven't had that much fun in ages. I'm in love with this printing thing!
Big ups to our kind and knowledgeable teacher, Orlie Kapitulnik. She kept it on track, encouraged the embrace of imperfection and was very generous with what she knows. Here is one of my favorite tid-bits from last night's instruction. She was describing how to listen for a certain sound quality of the ink and brayer rolling through it to know it was ready to put on the plate. She said (paraphrasing from memory):
|An example of the Chine-colle process we learned|
We printed on clean white paper and then played with printing on various ephemera, which I just loved.
|The bear painting by Annie on a tote bag.|
|Tank printed on typing manual page|
I will be submitting many of the Tank prints to a Print Exchange project I've signed up for via the Brooklyn Art Library. This year's theme is "Greetings from a Distant Land" - we each send in eleven prints in an edition and get back 10 original prints from various other participants. So fun.
I hope they like the Tank.
|Lulu printed on white paper by hand (from mounted block)|
|Tank in red. On left is first press, on right is the second, or "ghost" print. Like them both!|