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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.

A block by Carrie-"Prairie Mandala" © 2016 Karen A. Johnson

A block by Carrie-“Prairie Mandala”
© 2016 Karen A. Johnson

Prairie Mandala-12" x 12"  © 2016 Carrie S Carlson

Prairie Mandala-12″ x 12″
© 2016 Carrie S Carlson

First we carved away the light parts of the designs.  This part took several hours and was harder than it looked!

Carving the blocks © 2016 Carrie Carlson

Carving the blocks
© 2016 Carrie Carlson

Then the paper was soaked and rolled until it was just damp.

Rolling the paper © 2016 Karen A. Johnson

Rolling the paper
© 2016 Karen A. Johnson

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!

The pulled print © 2016 Dustine Pruszko

The pulled print
© 2016 Dustine Pruszko

We had a great time and much more appreciation for the amount of physical work that Carrie puts in to her marvelous artwork!  Enjoy!

Urn © 2016 Carol Jean Rogalski

Urn
© 2016 Carol Jean Rogalski

Sea bunny and Pileated woodpecker © 2016 Dustine and Karen A. Johnson

Sea bunny and Pileated woodpecker
© 2016 Dustine and Karen A. Johnson

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