Christmas 2016

This year I succeeded in going back to hand printed cards and it feels like a small victory in the department of personal creativity. Nevertheless, I didn’t start until the beginning of November and ran into some ink problems as I was finishing up hand colouring. Ink was still offsetting 3 weeks after printing! New Year’s resolution: start cards in July! Below, some documentation of the process. Merry Christmas and best wishes in the New Year to you and your family!

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The finished design: hand painted linocut with hand lettering. B. Wanhill. December 2016.
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Idea: sketch of my alpine rock jasmine. (dark photo: it’s near winter here.)
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Rough design included a snowflake I quickly drew in the app: Amaziograph.
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I started carving on November 8 and finished November 19.
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On November 25, I printed 28 cards and on December 3rd I hand painted them.
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There was hope I would send out 50 cards, so I played with the original print in Prisma app. to increase card count.
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Finished design omitted snowflake and included hand lettering learned from a workshop with Christopher Rouleau.

Work in progress

Someone once told me that I can’t do everything, that I have to choose. And that is my problem. I still do not. I want to be a skillful artist, excellent teacher, adept gardener, household contributor, caring partner and family member, healthy, spiritual, intellectual, calm personality. I try for all of it, but do none of it well.

Try again… and again.

This linocut is the beginning of a reduction print. The ink is new to me: Akua intaglio. There are some things to be worked out.

In the mean time, an homage to my favourite spring flower:

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Linocut. Akua intaglio ink. Strathmore print paper. 10 x 10 cm. B. Wanhill 2016

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Update, December 20, 2016: I did eventually get the second colour on this print and it took months and months to dry. In fact I took a print out to scan today and it is still smudging. I will be on the look out for a more reliable permanent ink for 2017 printing adventures.

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Linocut. Aqua Intaglio Ink. Strathmore print paper. 10 x 10 cm. B. Wanhill 2016

 

Deschampsia

My garden is small and Deschampsia cespitosa ‘Pixie Fountain’ is finally making itself at home in places I think it will be happiest. A photograph shows how light plays on it – even in winter. An image of a linocut I printed last week is a reminder of a pleasing time I had in November, studying and carving lines.

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Deschampsia cespitosa ‘Pixie Fountain.’ Image iPhone 5.
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Linocut. Oil based ink. Strathmore print paper. 10 x 10 cm. B. Wanhill 2016