Bird Skull Linocut

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Today I went to town on a linoblock I recently found at a thrift store. Since it was crazy old I figured it would be brittle or hard, but it cut like butter – definitely the best $1 I’ve spent lately.

I’m not sure how I feel about the dark middle layer in the block though. When you carve a section away it appears black, which makes things difficult since it’s inverted from how the finished piece will look.

When I work with wood I paint a layer of sumi ink over the top so that I can see the lights and darks of the print as I carve. This linoleum, even though it cuts like a dream, definitely takes some getting used to since it works in the opposite way. 

Example of a carved woodblock with sumi layer.

Example of a carved woodblock with sumi layer.

What do you guys think, do you prefer wood or lino?

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