steampunk bat!) And now that I’m back home in my studio, I’ve been printing the blocks I carved.
Here’s the first one I’ll share, the mythical salamander. For the details on this creature, you can read my earlier post about it. In the design I had the idea to give it a border, and I tried to make the border set off from the center of the block, but simultaneously growing naturally out of it. I also worked on making the salamander himself fiery, to make it very clear that this isn’t just an ordinary real-life salamander!
As you can see, I tried two different experiments with printing my block. For the top variant I painted the paper with watercolor, then printed with black ink on top of the color. For the bottom variant I inked the block with black, then rolled the edges of the block with red ink all the way around before printing. I do like the brighter, more fiery one better, but I think the other is pretty cool, too, in a more smoldering sort of way.
[Pictures: Fiery Salamander, two variations, rubber block print by AEGN, 2015.]