I took a wonderfully fun and surprisingly productive lino print class over the weekend at the Schack Art Center in Everett. I have taken several printing classes there since the first of the year and I've learned a lot.
|This plate is the original plate I carved and the one I did all the black ink only prints with.|
The teacher for this two day class was Betsy Best-Spadaro. I have taken one other class from Betsy. You can find my blog post on that class here and here. I always learn so much and have a great, fun time in her classes.
|This is the plate that I carved away everything except where I wanted to print red.|
This is the design I came up with. As my friend pointed out, it came from an old sweater I wear all the time, right down to the checker board detail. And I hadn't noticed.....oh, dear.
|elephant only plate, printed in gray|
Of course, once I got into the design it became apparent that I was going to have to carve three blocks to get the print I wanted. (In color, that is.) Betsy was gentle when she confirmed that, yes, I had to cut away my elephant. It hurt me but I did it.
|Here is the red ink only plate after carving away every thing that was not to be reel|
|Black prints drying on the drying rack.|
|A print all in black on the drying rack|
And here it is printed in gray, red and black.
|All the prints drying on my dining room table.|