Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Sweet Chestnut print progress

 I sketch from a photo or drawing with a"Sharpie" marker.  Then onto the lino with a fine pigment pen.
I tend to use pigment pens for sketching,not pencils.
 first cut
 first rubbing with next steps added in fine pen
 looking at an angle often shows up where I need to cut further...or mistakes!
 last rubbing.....then the first print,using water based ink

9 comments:

Michèle Hastings said...

beautiful! thank you for sharing your process

Barbara Rogers said...

Lovely. I am drawn to (pardon the pun) trees.

Fresca said...

I love to see work in progress.
The twist of the trunk is beautiful, as if the arc at the top.

Gardeningbren said...

Gorgeous! Have been playing at this also but my drawing skills are not as good as yours, nor my perspective! But I really enjoyed seeing your process and the finished print. Have you tried impressing this on clay? And would you kindly say whether you use a roller or a press to imprint? I ask because it is perfectly printed. Lovely.

English Rider said...

I love this one. It has a suppleness that the one with the road in it didn't have. It's as if the tree has something to say.

Cro Magnon said...

There are some very old chestnut trees nearby (I used to own them) that have the most wonderful huge barley-twist trunks. I wonder why some grow like that, and not others.

gz said...

I press by hand, first on the back of the lino with a heavy chopping board...and leaning on it...then carefully turning it over and using mainly the pebble as a baren, with a spare piece of paper to prevent marking the back of the print

Andy in Germany said...

Thanks for this: I've been painting Celtic knots for some time but it never occured to me that printing was an option. Will have to investigate...

workbike said...

Many thanks for this. I was looking for a present for Eldest Son that I could make with the boys. We've just spent a great afternoon together making our own versions.

I'll need to use the proper ink next time though, Acrylic paint doesn't work that well...