Whale Tail I and II, linoleum block prints

Tiny Linoleum Block Prints, Whale Tail I and II

Whale Tail I and II, linoleum block prints

Whale Tail I and II, linoleum block prints

I love the photos of whale breaches, but I just wanted to find the essence of the moment, just “the whale’s tail, the water and the sky. “Whale Tail I” and “Whale Tail II” is a simplified, iconic image of a whale’s tail breaching the waves with the clouds over the water in the background. It’s a tiny linoleum block print in black on white rice paper and I wanted it to look like an illustration in an old book.

Whale Tail I, Linoleum Block Print

Whale Tail I, Linoleum Block Print

This print is part of a series inspired when I was reading articles about whales in 2000 and 2001. I had always admired the little illustrations I found in some of my books, just tiny images that said so much. Most illustrations in older books were etchings or relief prints of some sort, and as I studied those I found ideas blooming in my own imagination to use what I’d found.

Whale Tail II, Linoleum Block Print

Whale Tail II, Linoleum Block Print

I designed and cut these blocks in 2001, and I haven’t printed them for years. I decided it was time to print them again, on rice paper, with the tint and matted and framed. Now that I have the capabilities for gift items, I’ve got plenty of ideas there too.

Block printing is a technique wherein the artist carves the surface of a piece of linoleum, leaving raised areas which will become the image. Ink is rolled onto these raised areas, then a piece of paper is pressed against the block and when it’s lifted away the ink remains, leaving the image on the paper.

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