Happy Friday the 13th, you beautiful ghouls! It's a perfect coincidence that I finished up this linocut and (mostly) worked out the kinks in printing in time for today!
This is the linocut I was working on when I injured my finger - (how appropriate) - so I hadn't been able to really work on it the last couple weeks. My finger has been healing nicely, and I can hold onto things without pain, so I busted through finishing this guy up in the last two days. I am ECSTATIC at how it came out! The below images are some initial test prints that I was having trouble with getting an even transfer of ink. I spoke with a friend who has more printmaking experience, and she gave me some really great pointers for getting a more consistent transfer. For the final print (above,) I was sure to not over-ink or over-roll the plate, and I used a wooden spoon to apply more even pressure to the back side of the paper. Voila! It's not necessarily "perfect," but that's what I love about these kinds of prints - there is such an awesome handmade, 100% original feel to them, and I love that it feels personal because of that.
I'm SO excited to start making more of these block prints. It's been a long time since I've been able to spend 4-5 hours on a single piece and still have the desire and motivation to work on it more.
Keep your eyes peeled for these prints up for grabs in my shop by the end of this weekend!