Lino: Silhouette Trees

I may veer off to the side sometimes but I always return to unfinished projects.

A year ago I played with two similar linocuts, positive and negative images, but only got as far as a plain black print of each.  See July 9 2017 and July 16 2017 for my first trials.

Ever since I’ve had the urge to make more prints in my tree series and to print in more than one colour.  I haven’t yet cut more lino to add to the range but this week I reprinted one of the images with colour, and using an assortment of my handmade papers.

Left – 100% recycled mountboard paper, smooth side. Right – 60% mountboard & 40% pulped orange peel paper, smooth(ish) side.

Left – 100% strelitzia paper, smooth side. Right – 80% banana pulp + 20% orange peel paper, rough textured side.

Inks: Blue 50% opacity, green (blue/yellow mix) 80% opacity.

The papers have created quite different outcomes as each absorb some of the colour, especially the blue on the darker sheets because of its semi-transparency.

The top right print with 40% orange peel has broken up the ink application due to the small pieces of peel and it’s interesting that the green in this print should be more vibrant than on the pristine white sheet.  Perhaps there is enough orange colour from the peel to lighten the green, but I’m not sure.


I will return to this again but for now even though I thought I was done with my obsession with ‘Linear Containment’ it persists and I have a  nagging in my head to create further pieces.  

About Claire B

I'm a passionate printmaker, paper-maker and a poor sketcher (which I'm working to improve). I've stitched from early childhood and am a perpetual student, loving learning and participating in everything creative.
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