London linocut, stage 1

I’ve printed the first colours on the new big linocut.

London linocut, stage 1

A blend from pale blue through grey to dark grey. Already, some of the image starts to appear.

But wait! Where did those red lines at the top come from?

London linocut, stage 1

Usually, I use a black Sharpie to draw the image on the block. (Black Sharpie is truly permanent; other so-called permanent markers fade when you clean the linoblock after printing.) But I had to use a different colour to sort out a mess of drawing.

Now it turns out that red Sharpie that I used doesn’t dry properly on lino… In fact, it prints!

I ran the block through the press several times, printing onto scrap paper; this got rid of the worst of the Sharpie ink. I just have to hope that what’s printed onto the paper here will disappear under the further layers of ink.

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