So we left off with our drawings on the blocks and ready to be carved. If you missed it, see the previous post to see how we started. Next up Carving...
Step 2: Carving
Using linoleum gouges we carve our block leaving our image or I should say the printed portions of our image in relief. After you've gotten to a stopping point or want to check on how the block will print, stop and print some rough proofs. This will allow you to make some adjustments if needed. In many cases you will need to do this several times. This brings us to step 2 and a half...
After proof printing the block above (very top pic) and an additional block, we didn't feel like it was working out. The photo we chose proved to be harder to work with and we weren't getting a good likeness of Terry so we started over - third times a charm!
Step 2.5: Re-Draw/Re-Carve
It's very easy to mess up while carving a linoleum block. A slipped gouge can ruin a block in an instance or too much can be carved away leaving a block unsalvageable. So you just gotta start over!
After all that...it's time to print!
Terry chose these Arigato Paks from Stumptown Printers for his CD packaging and sent us some to try the design out on.
Step 3: Print!
For this project we used acrylic screen printing ink. We get a glob or two of ink on a sheet of paper and roll it out until it's smooth. Then we roll it on our block until there's an even coat. Next we align the block with the paper/packaging, place a paper towel over the paper and start rubbing with a wooden spoon. Lifting up each side, making sure not to shift the paper, we check to see if we're getting an even pressing. If not we rub some more, if so and we think it looks good...voila, we're done!
And that's pretty much how you make a linocut/rubber block print cd cover!
There's still the back and side panels but we'll update you when it's done!