October 17, 2016

Memento Mori Mistakes

So I finally got around to printing a lino block I carved weeks ago. Turned out I made a few mistakes...

The first one is obvious: I carved the lettering the right way around, rather than mirror-reversed, and so of course it printed them the wrong way round. Oops.

The second was simply that I didn't carve out the eye sockets.

The third is more subtle. I cut opposing spaces (such as the space outside either wing) in different directions, giving the background marks an unbalanced look. I must remember to carve them all the same way.

So I carved out the eyes and removed the lettering entirely, since there was nothing else to be done about it.

I'm still having trouble inking the block evenly, but I'm pretty happy with how they came out, overall.

I added a little PearlEx powder in Interference Green (which is a fine white powder that shimmers green) to try to suggest a little phosphorescence, and that came out pretty well, though of course you can't see it here.

If anyone's interested in them, prints are $10 apiece, and you can reach me at hexdotink@gmail.com or any other email you have for me. If anyone's interested in the other print, they're $10 plain or $18 with a verse of the Litany calligraphed on the back.