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Old 12-09-2017, 05:36 PM
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Christmas card prints

I tried out a simple lino cut print for this year's Christmas cards. I used white gesso to print on black paper, then splashed on red, yellow and blue inks, a splatter of gold and a little embellishment with gel pens. I cut out each image and glued onto cream card stock.


I didn't worry too much about clearing the lino from the outside of the image as I knew I would be cutting that off the final print.


My design drawing, the lino block and some of the finished cards

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Old 12-13-2017, 03:23 AM
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Re: Christmas card prints

Excellent textures and a final product. Well done!
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Re: Christmas card prints

these look really nice. Did you print these on a black drawing paper? A few years ago I did some relief printing with children and their blocks were printed on black paper. The first ones were on absorbant black construction paper but unfortunately it didn't work all that well as the colour pigment of the water based ink was absorbed by the black. Fortunately I found a coated black coverstock that produced nice crisp images and the ink was quite readable on the surface.
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Thanks contumacious and bridog.

I have used Frisk Black Pad paper (135 gsm) for this and previous projects. Printing with white gesso, then overpainting with acrylic inks really makes the colours stand out.

This is from another batch of printing the same image - I used the same 3 colours, but varied the proportions.

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That's very cool. I love painting on black, it never occurred to me to print on it! Gives me food for thought, thank you for that.
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