Inspired By 2018 has been launched so it’s time to knuckle down and get on with printing Origami Buscuit Barrels.
First of all I had to go shopping. For Lino and a new extra fine u-gouge (0.5mm). I decided I didn’t like the quality of the line in the original test prints. Here is a a second stage of the block with the more delicate lines and more practice with cutting scales.
The block for the vase is 66cm square. And the only size Lino with that minimum dimension was 90cm! That gives lots of ‘scrap’ to experiment with ( and make a block for the lid).
Here is the block on the press bed. As you can see they are almost the same width. This is going to make printing a bit of a nightmare as the difference in pressure across the press will be marked. The grooves on the block are folding marks for the origami and to mark out areas for the dragons to go
I also processed the sketches I made so that could mock up the design on the pot. Definitely room for improvements in some cases – a bit smaller? a little rearranging of some bodies?
Earlier in the summer I bought some Cobalt Relief Ink for the project, unfortunate it was not terribly suitable. The recipe has driers which made it difficult to get a good even covering on such a large block. I chose the Cobalt because of its use as a slip in ceramic production. But practically I’ll need to make up an appropriate colour from those available in the studio, here are some of my notes.