Thursday, April 29, 2010

.under pressure.













Letterpress studio! I've really come to love this process, especially now that I feel more comfortable with it. Despite the pain, I love carving linoleum, the look it gives, the process. Meditative. I wish I had continued access to the studio. This is my final postcard design for the class, by the way. I also added a layer of text, but I like the text better either by itself or with the shovel without the sunburst. Funny how that ended up. I will have photos of the final piece with text tomorrow probably. Until then!

10 comments:

Karen said...

Linoblock was always my favorite too for all the same reasons you pointed out. Have you tried the unmounted type? I always found it to be softer and easier to carve. I also used to carve as much as I could outside in the sun, the warmth also seemed to soften it up.

French Press Knits said...

So jealous- this looks so fun!!

Brittany Noel said...

Hi Karen! We get this kind unmounted, but in order to put it through the letterpress, it has to be "type-high", which is the universal height of lead type. I could carve it and then mount it... I hadn't thought of that. People have told me that heating it as you go with a blow dryer helps, too. I'll have to keep these tips in mind for my next block.


Melynda, it is so much fun! I'm pretty bummed that I won't have access to the studio anymore... I feel like I was just getting started!

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Carlene said...

I miss printing! (It's been years...)

And when should we expect to see shovel prints in the etsy shop, hmmm?

Brittany Noel said...

I didn't know you used to print, Carlene! I think I missed my chance to reprint the shovels.... I have several of the composite prints that I can sell, but I really like just the shovel and text together... I think I'm going to try doing it at home over the summer. Then I can carve tons of blocks and do tons of printing!

simplesong said...

LOVE it! The process is great, right? My favorite part - definitely.

Brittany Noel said...

Hi Suann! I just love printing. I'm starting to think about how I could print at home... Not sure how that process would work. Just linocuts, really. Do you have any insight?

t does wool said...

oh,,,that looks wonderful Brittany~
wishing you a wonderful weekend`

Brittany Noel said...

Thank you Theresa! I hope it's much less windy for you than it is here. I feel like my house may get blown away!