To wit, an owl print

Happy New Year everyone, I hope 2018 brings you all the creative joy you could wish for, and many good times besides.

Here am I, belatedly posting work I intended to have on the blog by Christmas, but then the road to Hell is famously paved with similar good intentions.

This lino print was, like the preceding hare, a stretch for my imagination, as I combined a number of reference pictures for the barn owl with an imagined night scene. There’s definitely a trick to getting a pleasing composition, easier said than done.

There were a few moments in cutting this where I felt things had gone a bit awry, but fortunately once it was printed up most of it looked ok. As with drawing, there is a steep learning curve to be scaled in working out how to represent different shades and textures with a monochrome medium.

With regard to the actual printing process, I’m still learning how to apply the ink, hence the rather patchy black. I’m sure I’ll crack a bold, solid-looking black soon! And maybe even learn to be a bit tidier and less inky with my fingers… perhaps before long I’ll be brave enough to print onto some nicer paper, rather than this copier stock. I’m looking forward to that day.

Barn owl lino

21 thoughts on “To wit, an owl print

    • That’s a lovely compliment! Thank you very much. Maybe when I’ve worked out how to get bold blacks I’ll be able to choose to add graininess instead – that’s something good to aim for. πŸ˜‰

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  1. Beautiful, love the fine lines in it! Some weeks ago I brought one of my paintings to a frame store to get it framed. I showed the shop assistant all its mistakes (like a dog-ear, a little varnish dot…) and asked, if they could be removed before framing. She said she would not like to do that, because itΒ΄s all part of the picture, it belongs to it and makes it special. It made be really happy to hear that of a professional who has probably seen a lot of pictures and paintings in her life. I think we’re so used to perfectness because of digital art and advertising that we forget that something handmade can be perfect with some scratches here and there. I just write this because you said you were a little afraid using really good paper. I know that feeling so well. That’s why it was good to learn from the shop assistant that there’s no need to get it done perfectly, even on the best paper. 😊

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