I took a week off of work in January to carve and print a block. It went well. I ended up with 24 prints of which possibly 16 are clean and usable.
I have a baby press by Jack Richeson I picked up many years ago for a pretty penny. It was well worth it. Although I still struggle with registration it makes the printing process so much faster.
I use to hand press each print which resulted in uneven pressure and ink distribution. Now my prints are pretty uniform in the ink distribution, as long as I am meticulous with applying ink evenly.
This print was a drawing I did a year ago and then put away. The original plan for the drawing was to paint with acrylic on canvas but I never got around to it. Last month I got an incredible urge to carve a block. I found this drawing, and the rest is history.
It has been many years since I’ve done a reduction print. In fact “The Rhythm that Moves” was the last reduction print I did in 2005.
I have yet to give a name to the print I just did. It took me most of the working hours of the week I took off work. I love carving, but it sure does make my neck hurt.
This print measures 9x12 and is carved on mounted linoleum. I printed on BFK Rives 250 paper. Quality paper makes the world of difference.