Two colour linocut print

The solstice House

Instead of a reduction print I thought I would try a design using two pieces of lino scraps. I made two separate blocks, a blue and beige design of a cute little night time cottage. I added a lot of extender to my printing inks, so where the layers of colour overlap I get a third colour. Extender ink is basically normal printmakers ink without any pigment. This makes the ink more transparent. I used 50% colour ink and 50% extender in this mix.

I have kept the two separate blocks, so if I want to create another edition in different colours I can do so. This technique isn’t destructive like reduction printing.

Oddly, the photo of this new linocut makes the beige layer look more like a dark orange. When I have framed the artwork I shall have to see if I can take a better image. That’s the trouble with long winter nights. There is never enough light for decent photos! Happy winter solstice x

Two layers, two designs

Published by MStraccia Art

I create original folk style relief prints and illustrations by hand.

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