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Linocut printed on 4″ x 6″ hemp paper card. Purple ink and glitter.

I made linocut holiday cards this year and am so pleased with how they turned out.  The design is inspired by Prince so I printed with purple ink.  While the ink was still wet my wife carefully applied superfine glitter to the Prince nutcracker in the center.  It’s not Christmas without glitter!

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Ooooh! Prince is sparkly.

Prince fans will understand the reference in “Let’s Get Nuts”, but if you’re rusty with 1980’s pop music lyrics I will help you out.  The lyric is from 1984’s “Let’s Go Crazy.”

Prince: “Let’s Go Crazy”

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Carved linoleum block, test prints, and glass baren.

I printed the cards by hand with a glass baren from Iron Frog Press.  Their Print Frogs, as they are called, are a joy to print with and well worth the price if hand printing is your thing.  The glass baren is a work of art in itself.

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“Print Frog”, a glass baren from Iron Frog Press

Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year!

 

 

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“Homage to J.C.V.”  Woodcut relief print, 12″ x 18″

I completed this woodcut about two weeks ago as a birthday gift for my mom.  The motif is based on a design her grandfather created.  Juan Cleo Valenzuela was a skilled leather crafter and saddle maker in California.
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Closeup of Woodcut In Progress

I am currently working on a design for a bookplate.  The cutting is nearly complete; all that remains is the name at the bottom.  The text must be carved in reverse because it prints as a mirror image.  After carving is complete I can ink it up and print it.

 

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