Venus lino print: the finished block

Here is the finished lino block, inked and ready to go. (Image size A4 (8.3×11.7 inches or 210x297mm.) I am still working on making a good print, because some of the cut away sections acquired ink during printing, and I shall have to cut away the stained sections.
Here is the first print being pulled. This is quite exciting, but this print is only on layout paper as I didn’t want to waste expensive Japanese paper on a test impression.

I am finding that an oil-based ink gives a more even result than water-based, without having to put the print under undue pressure in the press. Too much pressure can blur the edges of the image, and the joy of lino depends on crisp simplicity.

With oil-based ink, if the lino is damp then the ink does not take well, so I clean the block with a little white spirit or methylated spirit before drying it and applying the ink. I need a new roller as the one I have is past its best.

I hope to post a print on high-quality Japanese paper soon, when I shall then edition it for sale on Etsy. Watch this space!

Venus after a drawing by François Boucher

More Rococo nonsense.

Venus after Boucher, lino print work in progress.
Lino print after a drawing of Venus by François Boucher – work in progress

This is an A4-size lino block (approximately 21x30cm), partly carved. You can see my search lines in pencil. I first drew her skinnier than she is in Boucher’s drawing, and looking critically at my drawing compared with his I came to better appreciate the Rococo taste for, let us say, more substantial women.

Having drawn the image in pencil I then went over the important lines with a fine-liner and then with a brush and ink. This means I have a pretty good idea of what the finished print will look like. In the image shown I have begun to carve out the face and some other key areas. I like to do the face first, because if that is wrong the rest might as well be thrown away.