Monday, November 5, 2007

Now that we've gotten Halloween over with, New York has decided it's Christmas time; or, at least, Duane Reade and Radio City Music hall have. So I've turned my thoughts to my Christmas cards, which I'm going to letterpress again this year. Here's the start of a linoleum block I'm carving for the card. I'm not experienced with linoleum cuts (I've stabbed myself three times tonight) but I love the dodgy, homemade effect once it's printed.

I use the blocks that are mounted on wood. They're mounted to be "type high" (the same height as lead type) so they can be letterpressed. If you were so inclined, you can also find linoleum that is unmounted and can be sent through an etching press.

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