learning cutting and printing linoleum: in one day for absolute beginners. Sunday August 17, 2014.
it has been said that ‘one must learn how to walk before being able to run’, it is somehow ‘moralistically’ silly in some way, but still it is important considering lino or woodcut that one must start by creating a ‘line’ [ a cut !] into the material before moving on… just to prevent cutting one’s fingers!
it would help tremendously then to move on with the practice of writing your name. Basically what is first asked on your 1st day of school and at the beginning of filling up any kind of form. When you introduce yourself to other! Do not take like a way to put you to sleep, you will soon find, that every single ‘indent’ into your block will appear as a mirror image once you go to the printing step. Also, you will be confronted with two choices, will your letters appear ‘positive’ or ‘negative’ when you move on with you printing process?
The ‘positive’ or ‘negative’ will very soon revel on it on, depending of ones natural approach, and it will stand out as soon as the image ‘takes off ‘. ideally one should be aware of the ‘two’ and use it at the very principle of taking full advantage of the process. But, it is less simple that it seem, and it takes time to learn how to benefit from those two forms.
the only interest of “incisione” [cutting] is the necessary coffee brake, not so much for the caffeine, but rather to remind one of the principle of cutting a block, that is to say working to create the necessary contrast of ‘black’ and ‘white’ patterns, like the black coffee makes its colored contrast against the white cups !
“printing” is like moving to a different ‘sport’, more so because it requires every single time some elbow’s oil, even if you ink is water based.!
providing that one is able to use correctly a printing press will be ideal, but using the back of a spoon will allow one to create a print, if care and sensitivity is applied the result can be better than with the use of a printing press. One must not forget that the very famous Japanese print have been printed by rubbing the back of the paper!
grazie Fiore, Silvia e Dino!