As the saying goes: “A jack of all trades is a master of none, but often times better than a master of one.” I like to experiment in many creative forms, professionally as a software engineer and for fun I have experimented with Photography, Pottery, Writing (prose and poetry). My current big experiment is Printmaking. I am the owner of D.M. Penny Press, a printmaking studio in Manchester NH. The studio has been in operation since 2015 and I do offer limited memberships for experienced prinkmakers looking for access to a press and other equipment. If interested see the membership info on the web page.
This is a reduction lino-cut block print of a series of mountain ranges.
In a reduction lino-cut block print, each color involves its own printing process. Prints are typically printed from lighter colors to darker colors. To do this print. A light blue was rolled on to the plate, and printed. So the "pull" was just a rectangle of light blue. Next, the sky was cut from the linoleum, and a slightly darker blue was rolled on the linoleum. Since the sky was cut-away, it's nolonger inked. After the second pull, the print has the furthest mountain range and the sky. This process is repeated, cutting away, and applying the next color. This image has 7 colors, so 7 pulls were required to produce one print.
Unlike a regular block print, that can be printed any number of times. The number of prints for a reduction cut is limited to the number in the first pull, since the plate is slowly destroyed with new color/cut. Along the way they are registration mistakes, where the image doesn't line up correctly, or not enough ink was applied. So you need to plan on a certain number mistakes along the way. So 25 final prints, may have started with 30 or 35 first pulls prints.