Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Relief prints

Since I've started to collage relief prints onto my paintings, I've received a number of questions about the process. I think most people find it all very baffling but it's no different than good ol' potato stamping. (sorry to shatter the illusion, kids!) My carving surface of choice is Softoleum which is relatively inexpensive and because of its soft texture I find it quicker to carve than wood or linoleum. (and safer...the psychological wounds left from my recent linocut injury now prevent me from ever touching the stuff again)

Simply carve your design into the surface (I use Speedball carving tools) and you're good to go. This is a good example of how a print looks on canvas, but paper tends to give you a crisper image, and you'll use less ink.

This particular repeat pattern was inspired by William Morris. The actual stamp I carved is pictured above. (it no scan so well, but there it is)

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