Linocuts with my son

Unfortunately I didn’t get to draw much in December but I did make 2 lino prints. I joined my son while he was making his, now traditional, linocuts for Christmas gifts. He managed to make 2 this year, both in an edition of 20 so there are plenty for gifts in the coming year.

I also made 2 prints. It was fairly obvious to print some Christmas cards, but from decades of experience I know that my intentions and actual actions often are miles apart when it comes to Christmas cards. Therefore I decided to make a card suitable for all occasions – just in case. I used one of my drawings from last summer as a template for the linocut.

I also cut a plate last year while keeping my son company but never pulled any prints from it. Since the red ink was already out, I had to print some cards with this one too. Although my wife didn’t think this was suitable for Christmas cards…

Well, once again I didn’t managed to send any Christmas cards this year so I guess they’ll do fine as new year cards.

Book press selfie

I found a fantastic old book press, perfect for linocut printing. I had to try i right away, so I cut it a “selfie”. It is so easy to work with the book press, about 5 times as fast as using an old spoon as a barren. And it’s a pretty nice feeling working with a tool more then a century old and still working perfectly. When I find the time I’m going to strip off the silver paint and paint it black and it will be ready for another 100 years of working in style.

Book press & print

Book press print

I searched the internet to find out when and where it was made. I found one that had been sold on ebay in perfect condition with original paint and with a ridiculously high price tag. Impressive how much somebody was ready to pay for one as a decorative pice. Mine has lost a “ball” and needs a new coat of paint but I wouldn’t swop for the perfect one. Mine is a tool not a decoration. And at around €/$ 30 and a 1,5 hour drive it was a much fairer price.