framed linoleum block print

Whale Tail, a Tiny Linoleum Block Print

framed linoleum block print

Whale Tail II, 2 x 4, linoleum block, framed.

I love the photos of whale breaches that tell the “whale’s tale” and I wanted to find the essence of the moment, just the whale’s tail, the water and the sky. “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.

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 two 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.

I currently have one framed print and it’s on the wall in my kitchen; I look at it whenever I’m in there. I’ll have more framed prints soon, but for now this one is available. This matted and framed print is available for $40.00 including shipping. Choose the second option, below, “Framed and matted print, black only, 8″ x 10″, $40.00”.

NOTE: this framed piece has sold, but I am printing more of this and other block prints this month. I only frame one or two from each printing, but if you’d like one please visit the product listing for this art to order one and I’ll be sure to frame one up just for you.

I have other types of unframed prints available as well.

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. You can read more about block printing here.

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