The Guild of Natural Science Illustrators-Great Lakes Chapter recently had a meeting hosted by Carrie Carlson at her studio. She gave us an overview of the linoleum block printing process and then let us carve and print our own designs.
First we carved away the light parts of the designs. This part took several hours and was harder than it looked!
Then the paper was soaked and rolled until it was just damp.
The block was inked, paper placed on it, put into the press, covered with felt blankets and put under pressure.
The paper was then carefully removed and checked to see if it was the way you wanted it. If not, more carving was done. I had completely forgotten that the print would be reversed-quite a surprise!
We had a great time and much more appreciation for the amount of physical work that Carrie puts in to her marvelous artwork! Enjoy!