Now I Know My ABCs
If you know anything about me, you will not be surprised to learn that throughout elementary and middle school, I sought refuge in the Art Room. The art teachers liked me and were sensitive (if not a little a crazy) and, I liked them. Also, childhood, as my husband puts it, is spent failing publicly at a lot of things, so it was nice to have a place where I could perform well, publicly.
One of my favorite things to do in art class was linoleum block cutting. In middle school I was obsessed with pop-art and op-art and tragedy comedy masks and purple and pink. My taste level was definitely that of an 12 year old living in 1990 – which was okay – because I was an 12 year old in 1990. Needless to say, my first block cutting prints had A LOT going on.
But now that I am in my 30s, it is a simpler time, in terms of my aesthetic anyway. Lino block is still one of my favorite ways to spend crafty time. A few months ago, armed with a pencil and a ruler, I drew a blocky and backwards alphabet on an 18″ square of linoleum. I then carved it, with the intention of using it for a letterpress project – that is, a letterpress project I never pursued.
So I finally inked it up and printed with it in the sixth grade fashion.
I am really happy with how it turned out. As I was carving, I did notice that I was inconsistent and D and E do not fill up their area width ways. That is a bit of a bummer, but I still like the way the final print turned out.