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I'm Andy, on-again, off-again dabbler in various media. I keep coming back to and decided to set up an alt for posting (and following) / art and whatever other visual-media creative endeavors I get up to.

I've also recently moved my -related alt to @mayor, although there's nothing there yet, and my main account on the fediverse is @ItsTheManOnTheMoon .

some edges and bits of material to clean up, but pretty pleased to have gone from sketch to proof in a day. 4x3 is a fun size.

so much easier to track carved areas, *and* get a pretty accurate sense of just how it will look when printed!

Other media you could use are Copic markers (though that seems like it would get expensive) or diluted acrylic paint.

Whoa, I just tried a pro-tip I've seen recommended in a couple of places now, and I'll definitely be doing this from now on: after drawing your design on the with waterproof ink (sharpie, etc,) apply a layer of translucent color over the entire block to provide better contrast and make it easier to tell what areas you've already carved.

I did it with diluted india ink and it definitely makes an unambiguous difference.

(CW: Shameless self-promotion)

Just listed one each of these poison label and general-purpose ouija board spooky bow ties. I've got more in the works but these tend to be popular this time of year.

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sometimes u wanna draw a lot then as soon as u can everything feels Terrible and those are the times u just gotta take a step back and let it be

I haven’t had a proper chunk of time to work on any new Lino in the last week or so, but I’ve been getting reacquainted with Procreate. It’s really a remarkable app, wonderfully responsive and intuitive with an apple pencil.

We all know that Google (with Chrome-ium) has at least close to 90% of the browser marketshare on the internet.

Which is your primary browser on your computer?

Remember that Brave, Opera and Edge are Chromium derivatives. I consider Safari to be separate since it's Webkit and not Blink.

Retoot this to get more votes in.

#poll #browser #firefox #chromium

If I've calculated the mechanical advantage correctly, 50 pounds of downward force at the end of the lever is converted to about 1800 pounds of downward force to the platen. 100 pounds of force would be 3600, etc. I have no idea how much force I'm applying; I'm able to push the lever all the way down without a tremendous effort, so I may not be taking full advantage of the leverage; I may try slipping a piece of 1/4 plywood under the block next time.

Trying to find the sweet spot of just-enough ink, evenly applied to the block. The water-based ink I was using was getting pretty tacky by the sixth print, which does not help. I do expect that oil based ink will be easier/more consistent to work with. I may try to start a proper edition of my small 2-color hop print with oil-based ink this weekend.

I'll probably add some guide rails to the bottom to keep it centered, and a stop on the bottom of the press frame so it can always be perfectly aligned with the platen's closed position.

How well does it work? I did six test prints, trying different combinations of felt and cardboard on top of the paper. a thin piece of cereal box cardboard with two layers of regular old felt worked best. I got one very good print, and I think issues I had with others were mostly due to inking;

I got the bed and platen made. Each are approximately 9x9.5 inches; I anticipate doing mostly small blocks in the immediate term and I'm not sure how effective this press would be for anything larger than that anyway.

The bed is not currently attached; this allows it to slide under the platen with the block, paper and blankets already on it rather than trying to slide stuff into that relatively narrow space.

True Grit Texture Supply ran a flash sale and I sprang for the “Rusted Nib” brush set for . Really nice distressed ink/paint/watercolor brushes. This is a sketch based on a photo of the skull of Havildar "Alum Bheg," an Indian soldier killed in 1857. (

Thinking about spending a bunch of money on pencils

I also need to experiment with blankets; these prints are with a couple paper towels folded into quarters, but a couple of layers of actual felt would probably do better. I've also seen people using cutting mats and felt for linocut.

It's also a bit creaky, there is a _lot_ of force at work and pine is... well, pine. Plus none of the bolts are 100% square because I don't have a drill press, so I'm sure there's stress in all different unintended directions. But it's quite sturdy.

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