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Devotional by mouse2cat Devotional by mouse2cat
So this is the monster that I have been slowly chipping away at for an entire semester. This is a lino relief print and it is the most difficult piece I have ever done. It is 18"x36" printed on kitakata paper. It is as photographically accurate as I could make it. I tried to carve every twig.

Reference image kindly provided by Hint of Plum on flicker
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xmaryxedgex Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
stunning
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Very-Blueberry-Pie Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011
This is amazing! Love it :)
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PiratesAnatomy Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2011
At first I thought those were little bunnies in the tree, but then I saw it was snow :\

I'm surprised that those little lines can hold up in a press :|
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mouse2cat Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011
I have found that lino holds small lines very well. because it is softer and has some give it is more likely to bend then break. If you have had bad results printing lino I would make sure you are using artist grade battleship grey linoleum and don't use more pressure than you need to print.
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PiratesAnatomy Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011
I think my problem it that my blocks were a tad old and dried out. I have't used battleship grey yet, but I'm gonna get some for my next print. Its the only one that comes in the size I need anyways x__x
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mouse2cat Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011
The battleship is great. I think you will really like working with it.

Old blocks will sometimes become problematic they get "stale" and dry. I haven't done enough experimenting with it but I have noticed that after printing the oils from printing and cleaning seems to rejuvenate the block a bit. If you have some old lino scraps that you have had these problems with it might be an interesting experiment to oil them and see if that solves some of their problems and softens them enough to work with...

My main issue with older blocks has been that they seem to acquire more surface texture. So it is harder to print smooth flat colors.
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PiratesAnatomy Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011
Yea, I'm having that problem with one of my small blocks, which sucks cause it's part of a bigger piece :\
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mouse2cat Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011
Good luck with that. I have gotten very affordable linoleum from Dick Blick Online. I hope you have good printing!
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nmpooler Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
LOVE! :heart:
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gornikiewicz Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2010
looks beautiful
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