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This is the last piece from my Senior Exit show. I didn't manage to photograph it sooner because it was a bunch of last minute hectic madness. And this one was still wet in its frame :P I liked how the clouds in the top interacted with the mountains, and I wanted to challenge myself to describe the softness of the clouds with something as defined as relief printmaking.

Photo reference provided by CALVIN23 from flickr
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blackboard-ofnight Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Beautiful!Hard to believe this is the humble linocut XD You did a wonderful job! :D
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Ivan1985 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013
like
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bosquecito Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Nice landscape, blended colors to add an interesting atmosphere, well done.
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Esktasy Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Student General Artist
Good gods, how many colours are that?
Looks incredible, to say the least.
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6lu6ke6 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
Very beautiful picture
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pierzyna Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011
woe...great lino! trees are the best :)
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Blacksand459 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful.
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NekoNicky Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
wonderfull! can't believe it's a lino, so delicate. :)
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zombieskap13 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
i am very impressed with the effectiveness of the blended roll to achieve clouds.
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ridiculyss Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010
Fantastic job! Love the detail, and the colors you used are perfect. :w00t:
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mouse2cat Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010
Thank you! It was a lot of blend rolls but I am pleased with how it came out.
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DigReverend Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010
This is a stunning print - excellent depiction of soft forms. If in future you want to try something diferent you can etch lino using Potassium Hydroxide (Drain Cleaner). you can either put a resist on and expose the whole plate, or as I do mix it wil acrylic paint and paint it on. It produces different lines and some half-tones. I have uses theis on my recent Postcard series. Great print again, really stunning - keep up the good work.
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mouse2cat Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010
Etching a linoleum block is something I had never heard about. I have been looking into it and it sounds highly toxic. And I might not have the proper facilities for this kind of thing until I get into graduate school. Regardless I am very curious. I looked at your postcard prints. Did you use this process on the sky layer? Do you know anybody who uses this technique in a less subtle way? So I can get as sense of it's range?

I could see it being combined with translucent blend rolls and possibly be able to wipe your lino block as an intaglio block combined with rolling the surface as well. Really exciting. Thank you for sharing your ideas!
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DigReverend Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010
It is a little toxic but it is a common household cleaner and not a horrid industrial pollutant, so with a little care, it is fine. I add it to paint and paint it on without any problems.
I used the etching to produce the clouds and water effects. I am currently looking to do some prints exploring the range a lot more as I haven't used it on subsequent layers. I am looing to explore using the etching for the background and the carving for the foreground (Approx) to produce a subtle depth of field effect. I like the contrast between the etched and the carved. With the etched marks, there is some variation dependent on the thickness of the ink layer etc. because some of the marks are quite shallow. This creates some interesting variety and in places a sort of half tone effect.
I love the ideas of combining intaglio, tonal transparency and perhaps etching. Although I am love the graphic quality of lino, I am interested in it's potential for a more painterly result as well.
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mouse2cat Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010
The wonderful thing is you don't have to loose the graphic quality of lino to include aquatint style elements. I found a pretty decent tutorial for this technique and they briefly mention it in the complete printmakers book. I would love to see your future experiments using this. You may be about to get different effects depending what medium you mix the cleaner with. I think some people use matte medium which may be a less dense substance and encourage etching.
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DigReverend Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010
Fascinating stuff! Thats whay I stopped flitting between printing mediums and decided to stick with one and explore it fully.....thanks again for this interesting discussion!
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fjelldal Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010
I like it. Fine cutting, nice light coloring.
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mouse2cat Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010
Why thank you! This one was easily the most difficult printing process. Although I feel like I'd like the blend rolls at the top to be a bit more subtle... But I am a terrible critic of myself.
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scheherazade Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2009
Beautiful. Great palette.
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nomad81 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2009
LOVE IT!!! the colors and gradiends are beatiful.
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mouse2cat Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2009
Thank you!
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kparks Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2009  Professional Photographer
Wonderful design/composition!

And great execution too, with the the "split fountain" color fades, or at least that's what we used to call it in screen printing.

What ever you call it, excellent work. :thumbsup:
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mouse2cat Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2009
Thank you! Split fountain is the proper term although I have heard blend roll used as well. And thank you they were a major pain.
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Karwei Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2009
Lovely! There's something decidedly Asian about the composition. Really nicely done.
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mouse2cat Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2009
Yea that's why I call it Dao because it reminds me of the daoist Chinese paintings. :D Thanks Karwei
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consumingclorox Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2009
nice work!
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phlogiston99 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2009  Professional Artist
I find it amazing!
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mouse2cat Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2009
Thanks! You should have seen the inking process I think I did 3 stripes of blend rolls and then inked the sky blue all in one layer. yikes
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phlogiston99 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2009  Professional Artist
I would love to see that. I have no idea what you said means, and I think it makes it sound even more fascinating!
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mouse2cat Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2009
If you look at the top part. Each mountain ridge is darker at the top and lighter at the bottom. I used a roller that had light grey on one side and dark on the other and I sort of maneuvered this roller along the ridges. It was picky because I couldn't clip the adjacent ridge without leaving marks.
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phlogiston99 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2009  Professional Artist
Now I understand a lot better. And the end result is stunning!
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Netdog Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
wonderful, beautiful piece.
it's just breathtaking.
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mouse2cat Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2009
Thank you! We have it hung at the top of the stairs :D
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StephHolmes Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2009
looooooooooove
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mouse2cat Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2009
Thanks! And thank you for the watch!
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StephHolmes Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2009
No problem! I love your art.
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Cacodaemonia Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, it really is incredible how soft you managed to make the clouds look - like cotton candy. :) Beautiful.
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mouse2cat Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2009
Well you know how to scratch a cat behind the ears. I am glad to hear it worked out. This one was really hitting crunch time.
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Cacodaemonia Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, that's a great expression. :)
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