Printing the Rocks First

More work to do on the Red Winged Blackbird project. Once the main plate was carved I used that plate to transfer the image onto another piece of linoleum and a piece of mat board. I neglected to take pictures of that. These will both be plates used to add color.

I wanted to use a mat board plate for the main color of the rocks and the white areas of the Goldfinches. I’ve used this method before and really like it. When I coat the mat board with a coarse brush I get a beautiful and unpredictable texture.

Lori Biwer-Stewart Red Winged Blackbird Linocut

Matboard plate coated with golden medium using a coarse brush

I cut out a few more areas on the rocks.

Lori Biwer-Stewart Red Winged Blackbird Linocut

Cutting out textured in the rocks

When I cut the mat board plate the relief of the cuts are very low so If the design is simple I cut a mask so the roller doesn’t transfer ink to areas that shouldn’t be inked.

Lori Biwer-Stewart Red Winged Blackbird Linocut

Adding the white onto the mat board plate

I decided to use this beautiful Rives BFK Kraft printmaking paper. It’s heavy enough for multiple colors and I love the color and texture. I lay a piece over the inked plate.

Lori Biwer-Stewart Red Winged Blackbird Linocut

Applying the paper

This is the printed color.

Lori Biwer-Stewart Red Winged Blackbird Linocut

Coming off the press

Notice the soft texture I get from the brush strokes.

Lori Biwer-Stewart Red Winged Blackbird Linocut

Printing the white of the rocks.

After running about 45 of these through the press by hand (this took about 3 hours), I can start carving the areas on the linoleum that I will use to print a yellow color.

Lori Biwer-Stewart Red Winged Blackbird Linocut

Carving the color plate

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