Printing a 5ft wood block

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Part 3: Off to Chicago!

colorful sky behind skyscraper in Chicago, Ill

**This is part 3 of the story behind the “Hog Butcher for the World” woodcut. If you’d like to read them, here is Part 1 (the research) and Part 2 (cutting the block)

The skyline of downtown Chicago…there’s something magical about it, and when it first appears in the distance, I get this rush of adrenaline…a feeling of an adventure about to happen…the Big City.

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Interview with The Fiddleback

Interview with S.V. Medaris
Interview with The Fiddleback, “an independent, online arts & literature magazine edited by a reclusive band of poets, writers, and audiophiles from across the country.”

More linos…

Listening to rebroadcast of the Cluck: From Jungle Fowl to City Chicks interview on Larry Meiller’s show (archives) that Susan Troller and I did earlier in the year, meanwhile drawing carcass for segment of Tunnel of Mortality that is upcoming solo show in June atArtisan Gallery.

Oh yeah, and my first reduction tees! (hint to you tee printing folks: if the lino is cut out in a shape, you can just line up color #2 by matching the outside contours of the block shape to the outside edges of the print shape) Just did 2 prototypes (pink thermal shown) to see if it would work…. It did!

plucked chicken drawing in foreground, reduction prints, etc in background

Plucked lino measures about 30in. high. “Wallpaper” in background is lino on canvas duck cloth about 8ft wide, pigs are reductions on drill cloth, included in panels for ‘Tunnel’ installation

Printing a 4′ x 8′ woodcut onto canvas…

woman stands on top of barrel on top of blanket-covered plywood…is not very easy, and as I discovered, probably only possible (to do WELL) with a steamroller or heavier lawn roller. Anyway, here’s my attempt (photo at right) of rolling across the canvas (canvas on top of woodcut, all underneath protective blankets) with a lawn roller, me walking circus-bear-style (for added weight) on top.

The result was ok. The black ink was not as black as it should’ve been–definitely grey. And the front part of the hog was much darker, as I rolled over and over, back and forth numerous times. With repetitive rolling on top, you can achieve dark grey printing. The result is the banner (below) we used to announce a group show (“The Writing’s on the Wall”) that opened October 1. You can see the front part of the hog is darker than the rest, as that was rolled over and over with the lawn roller when printing.

banner on side of building shows 8ft. woodcut print of hog and title: 'The Writing's on the Wall'

Banner for our group show "The Writing's on the Wall." Hog is 8ft long and 4ft tall.