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Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Love in the air

When I was catching up with the galleries that sell my prints and cards I was asked if I had any Valentine's Day cards. It got me thinking and and one evening an image popped into my mind – I quickly scribbled it down in my sketch book.


Yesterday afternoon I quickly scanned and sized the image, made a few tweaks to the composition (I wanted a square design) and transferred it onto a piece of lino. The design was only roughly sketched, so each cut was a step into the unknown; by the end of the day I had a finished carved block ready for printing. I very nearly worked late printing the block right away – I was in the zone! But instead Cliff and I sat down at the studio computer and booked a little holiday, something nice to look forward too :-)


I didn't sleep well, my mind was a bit buzzy from the intensiveness of the carving and excitement about a holiday, so I lay awake thinking about colours.

This morning I got the inks out: Crimson and Yellow Ochre


Made a lovely rich red


Rolled the ink out on the glass


Inked the block


And printed a new design for Valentine's Day


The original limited edition unframed prints can be ordered by emailing studio@celiahart.co.uk
This is a small edition of 20 prints on Japanese Kikuchi Haini Kozo Koban (a beautiful paper made from the fibre of the Paper Mulberry). The image size is 15 x 15cm. Each print is named, signed and numbered in pencil by me. An unframed print costs £48 (including p&p to addresses in the UK mainland).

Cards are now for sale in Magic Cochin's Emporium click here for details



Celia
x

33 comments:

  1. What a lovely idea for a card. I would love one of those for my hubby. We will soon be hare spotting out in the fields near our home. I'll look out for the details.
    Jo x

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  2. There's something seductive about that shiny, wet ink, isn't there?

    Holiday? Will you need a Berlitz course, perhaps?

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  3. Just fabulous. I've never done lino prints but this is so inspiring, and there's something magical about the flat colour lino prints provide which is so stylish

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  4. Hares are special aren't they? We see them in the fields around here quite often. Never seen two so 'loved up' before though!

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  5. What a super design. I've got a special day at the V & A learning to make a paper cut Valentine this year... can't wait!

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  6. I really like that very much. I think I must think seriously about having one of your prints, never mind that I don't have a full time job any more!

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  7. That is so clever! I'm sure you have made it seem easy.

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  8. A great design and I like your choice of colour - on a grey background.

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  9. Oooooh I like these so much! And how I admire being able to translate the idea into the artwork with such accomplishment.

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  10. Oh lovely! a beautiful design. Many thanks oo for the link to the potato site!

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  11. looking forward to seeing the real thing....hope they will be for sale in walden.....ps where's the holiday to?

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  12. It looks so lovely. And how lucky you are to have a holiday booked too.

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  13. So talented. Can't wait for more details.

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  14. Sweet Birdy Love26 January 2011 03:41

    Oh Celia, what a wonderful design and that luscious red ink,mmmmm
    You make it sound so easy, no doubt it is with years of experience behind you. Must be such a satisfying process.
    Can't, wait to see the printed cards.

    Claire :)

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  15. I love your design! I did block printing in college . . . what a lovely card it will make! Have a wonderful day!

    Mary

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  16. Celia
    You make something very clever and time consuming seem like a walk in the park. I know it is not as simple as that! Lovely colours and a timeless design. Good luck with the sales for Valentine's Day. Would love to know where your next break is. You always pick such lovely places to visit. Lesley

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  17. Isn't that just the best feeling when your creative juices start to overflow! ..but being me... I was thinking about what two rabbits might be doing on valentines day.. you could start a range of x-rated prints! ;-)

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  18. I am so in awe of your patience, your talent and skill. That card is just gorgeous, good luck with it.

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  19. Celia, this looks gorgeous!

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  20. Oh, looks beautiful. I love that step into the unknown when you have only sketched out a rough idea - see where the tools take you...

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  21. That is exquisite. I so enjoyed seeing the gradual process from idea to print, you make it look effortless and I know that it isn't!
    Gillie

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  22. Its gorgeous, I love it, I have always wanted to have ago at making a block print but not sure I wouls have the patience!
    love
    Lyn
    xxx

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  23. Celia, those prints are sure to be snapped up. I love the way that you describe your evolving process and how you took a break, kept thinking about the design and then got it printed!

    I agree with Printed Material's comment. What you seem to do so smoothly, is really much more complex.

    Best wishes. xo

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  24. Oh so gorgeous. I would just love one of those prints and were my funds more fluid I would buy one in a heartbeat.

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  25. So many comments! Thank you, thank you... too many to do individual replies but I have enjoyed reading them all.

    Celia
    x

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  26. I PLAY WITH LINO CUTS BUT NOTHING LIKE THIS.
    THEY ARE LOVELY.

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  27. Celia, your work is amazing ! I will follow your blog with pleasure.
    I am currently shooting for East anglian artists, crafts people. I am a french native and live near Cambridge now since few years. Photography is my passion and I am regularly sharing my work on my blog http://www.lesvignettes.com.
    I really enjoyed your post showing the different process of your print !

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  28. Thank you Penny - there is so much to explore with linocuts - a deceptively simple technique.

    Hello Catherine - welcome to PPPs, I've popped over to your blog and found some very familiar places.

    Celia
    x

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  29. Your work is always so beautiful! I just love each piece I see. What a sweet Valentine print! Thank you for all the beauty you share with us through your art! I would love to have your prints all over my house!!

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