Hand Printing Squirrels

  Modelled very nicely by knitted Laura, and yes that is my horrible wallpaper.

Modelled very nicely by knitted Laura, and yes that is my horrible wallpaper.

I decided to do a run of prints of my watercolour of the squirrel. I had to draw my squirrel in reverse so it would appear facing the desired direction when I turned out the print. Also you have to have a good technique in mind for transferring the image onto the lino if you don’t want to draw it freehand. I wasted a good few hours getting into a mess over this, but decided that covering the back of the drawing with pencil and then applying pressure to the other side worked, sort of.

Disappointingly due to my rookie cutting technique, the continuous line detailing has completely vanished. I pressed on with my metal desert spoon and got quite a few varied results, but nothing consistent. I probably should get a hand barren for the next printing venture. I cut most of the lino away as I kept getting ink on the unwanted bits, you can see some of the better results in this slideshow.

For the next run of prints, thinner paper. You can never tell how much more you need to press to transfer the image with the thicker stuff, resulting in either blobby runny messes or patchy, faint messes.