This Linocut print shows the Bill Elliott Swing Orchestra *playing* at the Valencia Town Center in Southern California…
Linoleum block printing is a great method to try at home, if you’ve ever thought about diving into relief printing, but a workshop or class isn’t an option. A book on the basics is a great way to get started. (Look online for lots of options). My image here was based on a photo I took of the Bill Elliott Swing Orchestra at a free concert I attended with my family. I sketched the image using a sharpie pen directly on the linoleum, and started carving out everything I didn’t want printed. You can see my set up here (very portable – I’m on the patio), with my reference photo close by.
In this sequence below,
(•) first, I’ve covered the kitchen counter with newsprint, squeezed a blob of black ink on a sheet of thick glass & I’m rolling it out with a brayer. Next, When my brayer is covered with an even, thin layer of ink, I roll it onto the surface of my linoblock.
(•) Then, after laying a sheet of paper on the inked linoblock, I use a baren to rub the back of the paper, ensuring that the ink is evenly printed on the paper.
(•) Next, I’m pulling the paper off the inked block.
This linocut print is an edition of 30, and each one is painted with watercolors. This particular print is #7 of 30, and it’s sold. Take a look at my other work on Ebay