More lino – and my first 2-colour print!

Been back at the lino with some new cutting tools – the set from Pfiel is sooooo much better, and most importantly can be sharpened (my poor little Essdee blades were blunt and dead.)

Now it’s inked, the rollergirl print style reminds me a bit of the zodiac images you see in horoscopes etc. Maybe I should do a skating zodiac šŸ™‚

Also this month, I tried 2-colour lino for the first time! Still working out things like how to get the two linos to register perfectly – but fairly happy with the result. Behold: The One Ring:

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More lino – and my first 2-colour print!

The Frog Prints

The pre-spawn has turned me into a zombie this week, so thought I’d cash in on the down-time and make a tribute to my favourite literary hero: the Frog Prince. Hand-crowned with gold ink:

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Below is my firstĀ attempt…

Which I was fairly happy with – except for the fact that I had to draw in the eyes, and fill in a bit of the belly with pen (got overenthusiastic with the cutter).

I also learnt that wood filler does NOT fix mistakes permanently. It worked okay for one print, but after rinsing down the lino the wood-filler disintegrated, leaving me with a sticky brown mess in my lino. So I abandoned ship and cut a new plate, with a few amendments.

Much prefer take two in red! Also way more reprintable as I don’t have to draw in the eyes every time.

The Frog Prints

Waterproof fountain pen ink! I’ve found my white whale!

I’ve lost track of how many inks I’ve tried that a) won’t clog up a fountain pen
b) write/draw smoothly and
c) can cope with a watercolour wash

I’VE FOUND IT!

Behold De Atramentis Document Ink in black (bought from purepens.com)

Barely even needs 10 seconds of dry time before it can cope with water. Pen is Pilot EF, so I’ll try it with a wetter feed pen in future, but so far am loving this combo.

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Waterproof fountain pen ink! I’ve found my white whale!