"40" - Linocut
The process for creating "40" involved cutting a random shape of linoleum from a large piece and creating a design based on that shape. This piece was inspired by a 40th anniversary. This could translate to a 40th birthday, wedding anniversary, or school anniversary.
In this piece, I depicted a girl as if she was floating underwater. Depicted within her flowing hair is the number "40."
A linocut uses the same process for carving as a woodcut, except the material is linoleum. By carving away all white spaces, the raised portions of the block (the linoleum) are what will be inked-up to print black onto paper. It is very similar to a rubber stamp. The image and numbers all have to be carved in reverse, so they print facing forward on the final paper.
12" x 18" squared off
None of my prints are printed by any machine. They are all designed by me, hand-carved, and hand printed. It is a time-consuming and difficult process, but it is a labor of love. I hope you appreciate the traditional art form of printmaking as much as I love the making-process.
This print is shipped without a frame. A few inches of the paper border is left around the image, so it can be trimmed to your specific framing needs. Please let me know fi you have any questions about the piece or the process!