Oh, let’s get that lino print out of the way…

But first…
Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s carefully chosen colours are: ragged red, bruised blue, yawning yellow, tired turquoise, growling green, foolish fawn, aching azure, and that funny green-grey that you mixed up to paint the walls of the hall, staircase, and landing, but ran out of three-quarters of the way through.

Dear reader, you may have noticed that I have been recently posting things about designing a new lino print, the idea for which was sparked (by a previous print) as I sat in a café one day scoffing a panino (mozzarella and tom.); it was all about the borders I put round my images – no, no, it’s alright, I’m not going to start going on about it again!
I have done three posts on this project so far, dear me, this will be the fourth – are you fed up with them yet? I am…
Links to the earlier posts: one, two, three – do click if you are interested enough to want to catch up with this rather ponderous mini-series.
Anyway, here is the final result – an edition of ten on Japanese Kizuki paper about A4 in size.

There we go! What do you think?
Me, I’m sick of the sight of the bloody thing!
See, I think someone has left a window open to the left and the draught is sucking all those fascinating things (are they fascinating?) out of the… er, the funny-shaped ‘container’.
The composition looks like it could be a puzzle, doesn’t it? Perhaps it’s called, Spot the Round Thing? It’s alright, there aren’t any – they are harder to cut than rectilinear ones.
Or even Spot the Swastika? It looks like there ought to be one in there amongst that lot! Those bloody Nazis ruined the swastika for everyone, didn’t they? What a lovely ancient and striking shape it is – for the Hindus it’s the symbol of light, prosperity, and good luck – oh, those bloody Nazis! What a bunch of twerps they were!
How did I get round to this topic? There isn’t one in the print anyway!
What about the holes in the bottom of the container? They add a bit of tension, don’t they? As if a couple of the shapes are going to drop out, or even stay there and block up the holes, so the air can’t get drawn in. Do you like the way some of the objects are three-dimensional and some are flat? And what about those little round holes in the centres of the crosses?
Phew! That’s enough…

About Dave Whatt

Grumpy old surrealist artist, musician, postcard maker, bluesman, theatre set designer, and debonair man-about-town. My favourite tools are the plectrum and the pencil...
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6 Responses to Oh, let’s get that lino print out of the way…

  1. Dana Doran says:

    Frequency hopping? Heddy would have loved it! My eyes found a face, with a wry expression (top left) and I can’t look anywhere else! Very nice Dave!

  2. Yes, it looks like a chemistry experiment in one of those glass beaker things on a Bunsen burner. I may have asked before, but can’t recall – where did you get the Kizuki paper? And what’s the texture like? 🙂 (I did check on amazon, but it sent me to America where they has one sheet. That would be a nope) 😮

    • Dave Whatt says:

      Ahoy Scribbie! Yes, it’s like one of those chemistry lesson diagrams, isn’t it? I seem to have had that at the back of my mind all the time.
      The Kizuki paper is very thin, looks almost like tissue, but it’s much stronger. If you print on it, you have to put a sheet of white behind it for viewing.
      I get it from here:

  3. Pandora’s box, but sending nice things out this time. I like this image a lot, how black and white are pretty even in it gives it a spacious feeling.

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