Welcome to Ruby Victoria Letterpress & printmaking

Here you will find photos of all my original hand carved linocut prints and letterpress printing.
A commercial printer by trade a printmaker by choice.
I specialize in original handcarved lino block prints with a bit of letterpress thrown in for good measure.
All printed on antique printing machines with that unmistakable bite into the paper that you can only get with letterpress printing

The work that I do is not created on a computer everything is hand drawn then hand carved out of lino then printed one impression at a time on my tabletop letterpress machine

I do not use polymer which limits me somewhat in regards to type but I love to use traditional methods in my printing that involve handset type and hand carved designs and I think this is what make my work totally Original and Unique to what other people are doing right now and it also meaning everything I make is an original work of art
I love what I do and love to share it with others that are interested


Friday, April 16, 2010

All part of the process

It never fails to surprise me when I amat a market and people ask me,"so where to you buy the stamps from", or I get a disbelieving "you do the drawing , carvings and printing" ?
I use to get a bit upset about this but it doesn't bother me now as I understand if you are not into printmaking you might not know the steps that you might go through to get to a final product.
So I thought I would post some new photo of some new prints that I have been working on today.
I hope you like them
Narelle x Most of my linocuts start their lives as a drawing in my little sketcb book but some do get drawn straight on to the block of lino I really need to get into the habit of drawing in my sketch book though so that I have a record of the original drawings .
The next step is to transfere the drawing to the lino block using tracing paper I then draw over the image with a premanent marker as not to loose the image as I carve it out.

Once I have started carving my design I periodically do rubbings to see how it is all looking and I can make adjustments as I go in a way, of course I can't change what has already been carved but I can envisage what will happen next.
So basically this is how I make a lino print the last step is to print either using my little table top press or by using a baron which is a small disc shaped pad that you rub on the back of the paper to transfere the image from the block to the paper


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