Thursday, May 06, 2010

Terrah!


 As promised, I have set to and printed the block. It was probably the easiest block I've ever printed....hardly any duff prints, at first glance, but I need to have a good look through them later, when they're dry. This is a vast improvement on my duff/good print ratio when I first began printing....then it was almost 50%!

The block is 12.6cm x 8.8cm and was an old pear (I think) block that I sent away to be re-surfaced and thus re-used. It's a very good type of recycling, as it saves you the cost of a new block (and end-grain blocks aren't cheap) but you do have to contend with the block being lower than type-high, as the original design has been shaved off it. Nothing a piece or two of card under the block, on the press bed, won't fix though. Of course if you print without a press, say, you burnish your prints with a spoon, then the height of the block becomes irrelevant.

It was printed on a thin Japanese paper called Sunome Senaka, using my old Farley cylinder proofing press.

And a peep now at the sketch for the next idea, one that I have actually started to engrave. The image is 7.6 x 9 cm and depicts one of the many engine /winding houses that dot the Cornish landscape hereabouts (I live in the Camborne area) and the image also celebrates the rare snow that covered Cornwall this winter.

This is a smallish block, (another re-surfaced one) so I think I will keep it simple in detail and clean-lined.

12 comments:

Angelo Rodrigues said...

Congratulations,
your work is very beautiful. I really like.
Terrah, in Portuguese - variant of the Latin - meaning earth. Interesting name.

Sarah Wimperis said...

terrah indeed! It is lovely, trez cornishesque! Well done

Sue said...

Angelo- I had no idea Terrah meant 'earth' in Portuguese! Isn't that interesting. Thanks for your nice comments, too. :-)

Hi Sarah- Just been looking at your foxgloves....I really think you are the Queen of Cornishesque! LOL!Me...I'm just the clown!

d. moll, l.ac. said...

Love all the patterns and moving lines. It's so nice to pull a good print! I have the distinct feeling practice actually helps in my case....

sea-blue-sky & abstracts said...

It's looking really good, well done Sue. The new block's going to be great too - love the dog and his escort just passing by. Lesley

Magpie Magic said...

Looks fantastic. :-) Can't wait to see the progress on the next one. :-) xo

Caroline B said...

Wonderful to see this one finished - I just love the higgledy-piggledy perspective of it!
Can't wait to see the next one - I find those old tin mines fascinating.

Are you curious about me? said...

Absolutly wonderful and well worth waiting for, can't wait to see the next one.

~ Julie

Daniel L. Dew said...

Very beautiful! I love the motion that comes across, very nicely done.

Ellen Shipley said...

This piece is so fun. It's like a puzzle. There's something to see everywhere. 8-]

Jan said...

Beautiful, such variation in texture, the more you look into the picture, the more you see. This will need to be hung at eye level.

Annie B said...

Gorgeous! So much fun to look at and then look at again. Well done, Sue!