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Lots of Experimentation

I was never one to follow the rules.

I'd try it 'their way' and then I'd ask myself 'what if' (Drives my husband nuts.)

The last few days I've been playing with lino blocks and etching sheets applying the two different methods to all sorts of material.

Some things work the first time and others don't.

Somethings can be made to work and others are a lost cause.

The lino prints will work on just about any material, whether it's taking the print by hand, using it as a stamp or as a rubbing, or using the T shirt press or as I discovered, (after a few adjustments) running it through the etching press.

However the etching is a bit fussy.

After deciding the recycled plastic packaging distorted a little too much, I remembered I had two full sheets of 3 mil Plexiglas in the form of poster frames. Recycled those pretty quick!

Easier to work with and seems to be a cleaner print.

The paper? It still seems to be temperamental. Some things work well and others so-so.

The difference in the two methods is self evident.

The fact that the etching requires a wet/damp blank to print on accounts for the ripple in the sample. In most cases it can be ironed out, but it does indicate this is the wrong material. Some things work well and others so-so.

That said, I decided to carve a new Chrysanthemum block making it more open. It in no way approaches the delicacy of the etching print.


Cloth seems to be too hard, even when wet. The etching print shows faintly on the cloth. This was painted cotton and it was a bit stiff, but the same results occurred with commercial cloth.

But the lino carving was great and the more open carving made it much lighter compared to the first, solid effort.

And to my delight it prints marvelously on cloth.

These samples were run through the etching press and with minor pressure adjustments to accommodate the thicker lino block, it printed very well.

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