Here's how my most recent spread has turned out! This is the opening line of text for the book. I may not do all of the pages in order, but I wanted to start with the beginning. I'm not sure what part of the process I like best about linocuts- carving, printing or painting. It's all so much fun. I hope that shows in the images. :)
My husband said to me recently when looking at the little red house, I want us to live there. That is such a nice compliment! Especially when you see how beautiful it is where we live in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
This photo above overlooks our neighborhood. Can you see the influence on my artwork?! The biggest message of the book Our Home is that people, and animals too, live in very different places but each of those homes, neighborhoods, landscapes, and climates are all here on Earth. And because of that, Earth is a special place for each one of us. What is your home like? Do you live in a city or town or ranch or boat or alone on a mountain? (That's where I wanted to live when I was a kid, on top of a mountain. I aspired to be a hermit.)
Below I'll share some of the photos I took while making this spread.
I actually draw each image lots of times before I start carving. After thumbnails and bigger drawings, I finally do a good clear drawing on tracing paper. Then I turn it face down on my blockand rub the back with something very hard. That transfers the drawing on backwards. But the graphite sits on the block lightly and could be rubbed off. So I redraw the whole thing onto the block again over of the transferred lines. There's something about drawing both forwards and backwards that catches a lot of mistakes and design flaws.
Then I carve and carve and carve! This is what the finished block looks like before I ink it.
I print with oil-based black ink. Can you see why I have to carve the image backwards? It's kind of hard to explain with just words, but easy to see with an image.
After a few days of drying I get to paint the print. Often my daughter sits and works on her own paintings at the same time. It sure is nice to have another artist at home. :)
It will take me a couple of weeks of carving before the next block is ready to print. Or honestly, it could be longer. The next spread is the most complicated one in the book. I'm a little nervous to tackle it. I have to dive in tomorrow without overthinking it!
Take care, and I'd love to hear about your home in the comments!