I've become fascinated by White-Line (Provincetown) prints
and finally got up the courage to give them a try (many thanks to the folks who answered my questions in a previous thread!
). I have to say... they are FUN! I've been inspired by seeing them here on WC and finding them on the web by googling incessantly... boy, would I love to take a class this summer on the Cape... and learn from experts!:
I'm not sure how successful I was. My image was a sketch of Lela, my Chow/Beagle/Mix, playing with a Raccoon stuffie. I did this in an oil pastel a few months ago. Anyway, my first try was with a new set of Golden Fluid Acrylics that I had laying around the house...
I wasn't prepared for how FAST acrylics dry though. I hadn't used them before and as I painted the lino block, I could see the acrylics drying right before my eyes. Eek! I got the job done, but it was pretty sloppy lol.
After that, I decided to pull out my Akua Intaglio inks and paint the block with them. They have a very long dry-time so it was much easier to work with:
The one thing about working with the Akua was that my white lines seemed a bit fuzzy, compared to the acrylic version.
Akua version closeup:
Acrylic version closeup:
I don't know why. When I see white-line prints on the web, the white lines are SO SO crisp! Perhaps it was the speed at which I was working (probably too fast?) or the fact that I was using my fingers as pressure instead of a press, spoon or marble rolling pin?
Although the process was much more sloppy then doing a normal linocut, I REALLY enjoyed seeing the dynamic strokes I could get using a brush. Lela came out less photo-realistic than she would if I had done her as a regular linocut too- and I'm trying to loosen up with my work, so I liked that aspect. It gels more with the style of my monotypes, which are more loose and "strokey" than my usual stuff.
Anyway, any C & C would be welcome. Thanks guys!