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Red Wombat Lino by ursulav Red Wombat Lino by ursulav
Further adventures in printmaking!

This was my second attempt, and I learned from it that while you CAN cut out block text, and it WILL print--it won't print reliably. I must have pulled twenty or thirty prints of this one, only seven of which were salvageable. The problem was that the fine little lines between words kept filling up with ink, and eventually I was cleaning the block between every single print, and finally gave up and said "Never mind, then," and went and did the Interrogative Wombat instead. (I think I'll be able to get an edition of 50 out of that! Yay!*)

Anyway, 3 x 4. Since this is such a small edition, I'm just giving 'em as gifts to friends, except for the one you see here, which I'll e-bay.


*If you're interested in buying, there's a waiting list for these little prints--if you'd like to join, leave a comment at [link] I've been selling 'em for $5, just because they're small and not terribly good yet, but demand is outstripping supply, so the waiting list is the way to go.
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sebreg Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010
perfect in its simplicity
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RedWombat Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2007
:D Hehehehe.
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icedragon369 Featured By Owner May 15, 2007
even at 3x4 you shouldn't have a problem with the spaces between letters. it's quite possible that you were over inking it in the first place. otherwise, your ink could be too liquid (just add some magnesium powder to it in that case)

i love lino, but to be honest, it can be quite a pain, lol (i had to make this edition with something around 7 layers or so)

anyhoo, enjoy your future magical lino adventures :P
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Pinky-Cat Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2007  Student
Oh man, this brings back memories. Our art class did print making last year, THAT was a blister filled adventure! XD

Very cute. Good luck in your further printmaking adventures!
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sleepyhead12567 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2007
hes so cute!! :)
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spiraldust Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2007  Professional General Artist
Another cheer for unusual and adorable art. :) I had no idea printmaking was such a pain. I've never worked with block prints before. I'd like to, though, but have no idea how to get started. T'is a shame so few prints were salvageable.
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BringerofNothing Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2007
heehee! he's so cute. I did some linoluem prints in art class, and I know what a pain it is to have the ink fill in the little lines. XD

[link] <-- here's my first one if you want to look at it
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mercury-yume Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2007
your logo is made of cute. I love seeing what you do with it :)
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malika-mango Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2007
You know, I think that the "non-perfect" prints are cute as can be, and imperfections give them an organic, hand-made quality that I really like. I even think that on this one there could be more of the little red blotches that aren't part of the print. I think it looks adorable and neat. I mean, that is just my opinion, but I don't like the perfect look .... it almost looks amateur.

Anyway, these are fantastic and I can't wait to see more!!
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quiklain Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2007
wow.......so much negative space in the block, very nicely done, i know it is a pain to keep the white paper white and not showing the slightest missed cut where the lino is a little higher than the rest of the back
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Blue-Sun-Jewelers Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2007
Very nice. As awesome as all of the rest of your work.
A Tip if you want it: When you block and cut words, if you can get a border or solid forms around the word they are much easier to print and easier to pull. :)
Scott:sun:
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tinmanthegreat Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2007
awesome. just awesome.
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Elitany Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2007
Reminds me of the WWE symbol. ^^
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wolfprincess219 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2007
It's soooo cuuute!!!! :love: :love: :love:
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Maatkare Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
MORTAL WOMBAT!

*insert theme music here*
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Oscelot Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
still would have loved one of these guys.. I guess I'll have to buy the poster though. ;)
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Shinsa-kun Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2007
Red Wombat sounds like some weird brand of imported Australian beer ^^;. This is really nice though. What you you cut your print blocks out of?
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VioletVampireVixen Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
That would look pretty nifty on a shirt. :nod:
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InsaneLiteraryFaery Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2007
yes it would and I would totally wear it ^.^
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sugarsphinx Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2007  Student
hey there. are you printing with a press or by hand? also, you should be able to get really fine details to come out with relief. make sure the slab of ink you are using is really thin... when you roll a brayer over it, you should hardly be able to hear the sucking noises it makes. that way the lines shouldnt fill in.
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leficia Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2007  Student Artisan Crafter
shirts would be awesome. ^_^
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Tizera Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
yay *pokes the little wambaticus*
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evanjensen Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
It's be great... you just used too much ink.
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heyyou5 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
If you're having trouble printing fine lines it's probably not your lino that's the problem. :aww: Inks that are too liquid will seep down into fine lines and cause the negative spaces to fill, as well as give that fuzzy line quality to the edges. Try making sure your fine lines have a good depth to them so they're not so shallow they'd fill in anyway, and use a thicker ink than the last time and you may like the results better.

You could also try using an extremely absorbant paper so that the ink doesn't have time to spread. Arches 88 is usually a good mid-line relief paper, but Rives Heavyweight or Lightweight, Masa, Kitakata, Mulberry, Lana Gravure, or other various Asian papers work just as well.

The first time I did lino myself I used the ink straight out of the can without adding any gel reducers or transparent bases. That alone allowed me to print on regular old computer printer paper, but only because the ink was so thick it mostly sat right on top of the paper.

Give it a shot! :aww: You may be happier with your results!
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Gener Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha, it's almost like some cult symbol. I belong to the RED WOMBAT *salute* Hee, very rich print, ya lay it on so nice and thick. ~_o
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Dj-Becka Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2007
Prints!!!!

[link]
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stardancer528 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2007
these are really cute! i really like them.
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NCPanthersgurl Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Awww cute!
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seness Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2007
This is incredibly wonderful. I would buy it. xD How -do- you do this sort of work?
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Wraith-Flametail Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
You can actually solve that fine line problem if you can find yourself a deep and narrow V-gouge. Actually, I was just about to upload a print I did that happened to be full of fine little lines, all of which printed very well.

I, personally, find that it's much more the spaces inside the letters, like in the letters "A", "P", "E", etc.

Very charming image, though. :)
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pinkcoma Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2007
cute as a button! (if that's the correct english expression xD)
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leficia Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2007  Student Artisan Crafter
:nod:
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ThEnemY Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2007  Student
Nice ^^
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bear48 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2007  Professional
nice job
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Da-Dingo Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2007
I really like the simplicity of this, great job!
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HoLLyp0p Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2007
i LOVE this!!!!!
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insomniacs-nightmare Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2007   Traditional Artist
That is SO CUTE.

Personally, I'd buy one of these rather than the interrogative one.
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ursulav Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2007
Alas, would that were an option.
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