This image recently appeared in an online group I’m part of and I was immediately struck by the amazing effect achieved in the colour application on this linocut.
My experience with lino printing has always been to roll the relief surface smoothly and cover the entire area but here the artist has applied the ink more organically, still using a roller. How on earth he has achieved the horizontal ‘watery’ or ‘shimmery’ effect I don’t know but I love the combination of black and gold.
I wonder if instead of using oil-based inks, as I do, he uses acrylic paints and they partially dry on the lino surface before the image is transferred to paper thereby creating only a partial pick-up. Very interesting.
A master of many painterly effects, using a wide range of media, his art is well worth checking out on facebook.