Saturday, 4 June 2011

Printing Day







Finally, today, i managed to have a printing day !  It seems like an age since I've managed to cut a new plate and print it, always something getting in the way, so it a was great to be able to experiment with this new print. More tweeking needed to get it just right, but had fun getting my hands dirty again!

12 comments:

Jacqui Dodds said...

These are gorgeous Amanada - very well cut lino block. How do you manage to get all your curves so smooth?

Mangle Prints said...

Thanks Jaqui- For the main part of the print, i used the softer grey lino, which cuts beautifully when slightly warm, so it's quite easy to get a fluid line. I quite like having the uneven lines in the print though, as it has a feeling of being hand carved rather than a computer generated design- so i have a rough guide line, then let the carving do it's job. Think i'll reprint these again though on some smoother paper to get a better result. I've got some lovely velvet somerset that will ideal :)

erasercarver said...

Ooooh, looks like you had lots of fun :) Love your new design.

Lizzie said...

This is a lovely design Amanda. I love the all-blue version. I also like your system for printing the birds/centre of tree - not two large blocks, as I've seen done normally, but some little ones that line up with the main block - very clever.
Where do you buy the soft grey lino, please? I have some of the white synthetic stuff, but it's very soft and squashy. I also have the hard grey stuff... bleah... I'd love to get hold of some "in-between" / proper soft lino but haven't found anywhere to buy it.

Mangle Prints said...

Hi Lizzie, thank you : )
I don't know if the grey lino i use is softer than the usual grey hard lino you use? it is just softer for me as i usually use a very hard brown lino. Also by warming the lino slightly, it makes it easier to cut.
Here's a link to Lawrence art supplies, who supply lots of great printing equipment, including the grey lino i used here:
http://www.lawrence.co.uk/

Lizzie said...

Ah thanks, I use Lawrence for some bookbinding supplies. I'll look at their lino stuff now too.

acornmoon said...

Gorgeous, pure loveliness!

barbara@sparrowavenue said...

i really love the red/turquoise combination.

Mangle Prints said...

Thank you- they are great colours to work with, really uplifting : )

frauheuberg said...

just so lovley...and some minutes ago i ordered your wonderful red garland...how i promised last year...times flow...so i´m looking forward to your wonderful work...all the best...take care and thanks for the link on your site...;)...cheers and hugs...i...

Melanie Wickham said...

These look great to me- what tweeks are you planning?? Is it playing with different colours?

Mangle Prints said...

Hi Mel, it was just the paper i was using. I've now print the red on a Somerset paper, which has produced a much clearer, smoother print. It's amazing what difference paper makes. : )