Bat skull embroidery

art, embroidery, skeleton, work in progress

Yesterday I took an impromptu trip to the beach to get away from the stifling heat and smokey air here in town. For me, that means finding something to work on in the car, because I can’t sit still for a drive that long without something to do. 

Luckily I still had the tracing around from my bat skull print. I’d already been thinking about turning it into a sewn piece instead, so I put it on some starched cloth and took it along.

Not bad for a quick embroidered sketch!

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?