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Courtesan linocut print inspired by Harunobu

I’ve neglected the blog lately as there’s been so much going on at work and at home. Last Sunday, however, I managed to find some time to do some printing. Pictured below is the end result. It’s a four-colour linocut print, size 4″ x 6″. I’m new to working with multiple colours / layers so you’ll see that I missed the mark slightly in places!

The image is based on a woodblock print of the famous courtesan Shiratama by Harunobu.

Linocut print

Linocut print

Linocut print

In addition to the four-colour prints I also printed some monochrome greeting cards.

Linocut print

Linocut print


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Harunobu inspired linocut print

Me and my team mates at work are in the process of organising a charity craft, cake and plant fair. All proceeds from the fair will be donated to two cancer charities nominated by a colleague who is currently undergoing treatment for cancer. The fair isn’t until the 16th August but I thought I’d better start making some items to sell. I’m hoping to create a range of items (time permitting!) but thought I’d start with a linocut print.

This print is based on a Harunobu print of the courtesan Shiratama. I’m planning it as three colour print, but so far have only completed the black / outline layer. Below is a test print of the initial work.
Courtesan Linocut Print based on a print by Harunobu

Courtesan Linocut Print based on a print by Harunobu


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Kyoko Otonashi Lino Cut Print

I haven’t posted lately as me and Phil have been in Cornwall for the past week, sans wi-fi. Today, however, I managed to get time for printing & to update the blog. Below are some new prints – printed this morning – of Kyoko Otonashi from Rumiko Takahashi’s manga series Maison Ikkoku. The print was based on an original Takahashi sketch – I just took a few liberties with the kimono print and tried a few variations, pictured below.

Kyoko Otonashi Lino Cut Print

Kyoko Otonashi Lino Cut Print

Kyoko Otonashi Lino Cut Print

Kyoko Otonashi Lino Cut Print

Here’s a monochrome version of the Kyoko print, without any pattern on Kyoko’s kimono:

Kyoko Otonashi Lino Cut Print


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Hotel room linocutting

Linocutting in a hotel room

I’m away from home for a conference on behalf of work this week. Unfortunately the conference is at Stansted airport so there’s no opportunity for sightseeing/shopping, although the hotel serves waffles & maple syrup for breakfast so it’s not all bad;) I brought along lots of linocutting supplies on the off chance & have managed to get an hour to myself this evening to do a little. I’ve managed to complete carving a linoleum matrix of a small bunch of sweet peas. You’ll see I cut away the excess lino around the image which reduces the time involved in carving the lino & also the risk of any missed patches picking up ink during the printing process. The prints from this carving were supposed to be a mother’s day present for mine & Phil’s moms but I didn’t manage to complete it in time. It’s ready for printing now but will need to wait until I get home, I didn’t bring along my inks as I thought the risk of making a mess was too high (plus they would have been heavy to lug here).

I’m planning some manga themed prints next – probably a Kyoko from Maison Ikkoku & a Doraemon (how could I resist). I’d love to get on with some carving during some of the duller conference talks but I accept it could come across as somewhat eccentric…

Linocutting


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Printing and potatoes

Phil spent this Sunday helping his mom buy and set-up a new TV, which gave me time to get a few jobs done at home. Now that the weather has improved (hopefully) I thought it was time to start planting some vegetables. I made a start today by planting a small bag of seed potatoes, reusing an old Ikea bag as the container. The Ikea bag made a perfect container, it just needed a few small holes cutting in the sides and bottom of the bag before putting the compost & potatoes in.

Potatoes growing in an Ikea bag

After my potatoes were planned I made use of the rest of the afternoon to get some printing done, including creating mother’s day cards for mine and Phil’s moms.  The flower printed on the cards is Cosmos Bipinnatus or Garden Cosmos. As the weather was so nice I sat in the garden to carve the image & then did the printing inside the shed.
Cosmos bipinnatus linocut print card

#Cosmos bipinnatus linocut print card


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Give us a raise, Loser!

Me and Phil are more than a little obsessed with the cartoon Regular Show. We’ve been working our way through the three series currently being aired on Cartoon Network, and will sadly soon have seen all episodes until series four is aired. If you haven’t seen it, it’s about two 20-something losers (who happen to be a blue jay and a racoon) who spend most of their time avoiding work and having bizarre adventures.

I’m working on a Regular Show linocut print for Phil and below is an initial test print of the image. I’m thinking it would make a good t-shirt print:) This is Mordecai & Rigby telling their boss to “give us a raise, loser”, from the episode ‘The Power’, in which they steal a magic keyboard which forces people to do what they say if they sing their request, until they are forced to go to the moon to retrieve a colleague they accidently sent there (along with an assortment of random junk such as a can machine that doesn’t work & family of ducks). That’s just the kind of thing that happens in Regular Show.
Regular Show Linocut Print