Printmakers to Admire
I found Toronto artist Margaret Rankin’s work online in 2005. Her subjects demonstrate her sharp eye and sure hands. She is a trained Landscape Architect, and her composition and colors are based on nature.
One of the things I was drawn to is the way she uses her blocks – after the fact, when a planned edition is finished.
The same graphic components from a traditional, representational print (trees, clouds, hills) are inked, re-arranged, and paired with new blocks to be printed artfully and whimsically as brand new, one-of-a-kind linocuts.
You can check Margaret’s work out on her blog, or even better, her Instagram account here.
Peruse her Etsy Shop too. (Note: The printmaker geek in me loves the fact that her Etsy listings and her Instagram feed show the blocks she makes her prints from, so if you’re into printmaking process, be sure to scroll through her photos.)
Collecting Linocut Prints
I purchased this Running Horse print (above) from Margaret’s shop and framed it when we moved – so it was the first art acquisition in our new home at that time. We’ve moved again since then, and I display her beautiful horse in our guest room, where I see it every day, and my visitors can gaze on it to inspire good dreams just before they go to sleep.
More Linocut Prints to Inspire You
Start Your Printmaking Journey
The internet gives us access to the world of talented artists. Inspiration and ideas for your next linocut prints are just a keystroke away.
- Here is another post of inspiring relief printmakers you’ll enjoy.
- Check out these five printmakers to follow on Instagram.
Pour a cup of tea, grab a sketchbook, and give yourself 30 minutes to gallop around an artist’s website or blog to get your creative mojo percolating.
Once the inspired whirl of your output bears fruit, be sure to post it online so you can keep the inspiration momentum going, and inspire someone else with your work.
Who inspires you with their posted art when your art-making brain feels a little less sharpened? Leave us a link in the comments so we can collect and bank future inspiration when we need it.
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Sometime in 1964 I realized that I was a victim of a printmaking obsession, a condition that persists today.Irving Penn
6 thoughts on “Printmaking Inspiration”
Thanks to visiting Margaret Rankin’s Instagram site I found out May 1st is International “Print Day In May”. Sounds like the perfect opportunity to try a few tetrapak or plastic food container prints on my craft press.
Hi Liz! Which craft press do you have!? How fun!
Wonderful! I get so excited by other people’s work – even sometimes by mine!
Thinking about printing from cardboard, I suppose she treats it with that varnish medium that you recommend, or something like that. As I gather more inks . . .
Hi Kirsten, Yes, other artists being super productive and sharing inventive ideas is completely amazing. Margaret is sharing prints made with her recycled pattern blocks on her instagram feed, so catch those if you can. Have so much fun!
Such a lovely and inspiring post!!!❤️
Hi Angela, Thanks so much for the great feedback. ❤️ I wish you many happy hours in your printmaking adventures!