I fully meant to upload the rest of my pics from the print classes I’ve just completed last Tuesday, but then I had a week of not sleeping properly… As in not managing to get to sleep till 3.30 or so (Tui wakes up between 5.30-6 of late) Or if I did manage to get to sleep, waking up again at 2 and finally drifting off again at 5, only to be woken up 1/2 hour later. Gah thanks brain, so not when I want to do my thinking!
It means I’ve had a week of feeling a bit low, and def. not up to anything creative like painting – Or writing about it either. So yay for a weekend of sleep! And finally here is the second instalment from my print class:
This one is a two colour reduction print using a ‘silk cut’ lino block – So both colours were printed off the same block. I started by cutting away where I wanted the white exposed, printing in red. Then I cut back into the same block to carve away all the areas I wanted to stay red, and printed the top plate over the first print with black.
Love love love how it turned out, though learnt that I much prefer vinyl blocks to lino… which has a tendency to flake, and left smudgy edges on a couple of my prints from the exposed matting fibre from where I cut away at the sides.
I managed to print up six prints of this in total – Because of the reduction method I can’t print any more, so it is an extremely limited print run. I quite like how striking the skull looks and so may think about printing a series similar to this one in the future, if I get the chance to use a printing press again… Just waiting on APW announcing their next set of classes so I can book in to use their open access studio!
As a side note : Reduction printing also goes by the name of Suicide Printing – Because of the loss of the print block as you carve away the layers. I reckon its pretty fitting to go w the Sugar skull design huh!?