Category Archives: My Hobbies

All items related to linocut and linocut printing

As final as it gets with a color wash.

Carving the Kraken

After doing a two sided wood spirit of faces I wanted to get a little creative. I found some old clip art of the Kraken, a mythical sea monster that looks like an enormous octopus and who drags ships to their doom. I intend to wrap a wooden block with the critter. The bulk of the body is on the front and two tentacles reach up to the word Kraken on the reverse.

I want this to be a low relief so the word and the monster will stand proud of the background and be rounded over to appear dimensional. I’ve posted the full process here since I’m still so early in my learning curve.

This isn’t perfect but about as good as I can get it at my current skill level. I don’t think I’m going to try this style of carving again, not liking it as much as low relief on a flat surface.

 

As final as it gets with a color wash.
As final as it gets with a color wash. click to enlarge
click to enlarge
click to enlarge
click to enlarge
click to enlarge
click to enlarge
click to enlarge

 


The journey to the end:

 

 

The original design I'm working from
The original design I’m working from
Pasted up on carbon paper to transfer to the wooden block
Pasted up on carbon paper to transfer to the wooden block
Back side of the block with word and tentacles. Inked after carbon tracing.
Back side of the block with word and tentacles. Inked after carbon tracing.
Front side of the block inked in after carbon tracing.
Front side of the block inked in after carbon tracing.
IMG_20160205_190828
I’ve lowered the background but left space around the details of the figure.

 

I continued lowering the background some more and then began to round off the tentacles and other features. I had a screw up when working on the letters. The letter E cracked in half and the top popped off as I tried carving out the interior spaces…. So all the letters are now gone. Once I finish rounding it off and smooth everything I’ll stain the kraken green and oil the wood.

Kraken
Rounding the tentacles to give a dimensional look.

 

Carving is complete. Next I'll stain the Kraken and then oil the wood.
Carving is complete. Next I’ll stain the Kraken and then oil the wood.
Carving is complete. Next I'll stain the Kraken and then oil the wood.
Carving is complete. Next I’ll stain the Kraken and then oil the wood.
Carving is complete. Next I'll stain the Kraken and then oil the wood.
Carving is complete. Next I’ll stain the Kraken and then oil the wood.
Carving is complete. Next I'll stain the Kraken and then oil the wood.
Carving is complete. Next I’ll stain the Kraken and then oil the wood.

 

 

Share
The final product after inking and making test prints to ensure the carving was as I desired.

Carving Krampus woodblock

The final product after inking and making test prints to ensure the carving was as I desired.
The final product after inking and making test prints to ensure the carving was as I desired. Click to zoom in.

 

Just for fun I tried printing on a t-shirt. Not exactly perfect but I learned a lot. Need to tack the shirt more firmly so it doesn’t have wrinkles. Need to hold shirt down so when I lift the block it doesn’t try to come with it. AND finally I need a more solid surface to apply pressure. I doubt I’ll do more woodblock on shirts as I’m shifting to linocut but I wanted to try to do Krampus for my own wearing pleasure.

Woodblock Krampus on a shirt

 

 


 

Base image for Krampus
This was the rough concept taken from images of African masks, and rams horns. I start with this and then came up with an outline version
IMG_20151223_190834
All carved before test inking to see how it looks.
b8f26f3a4016cff61ef381edc014a97a
Closeup of the horn area to show how thin the lines are.
110de162e50830fd2f58045c6b6d8db2
Background was lowered with gouges but I’ve stayed clear of the image
a7b49fb6b61d440552366a778c32d3c1
Initial pencil drawing and beginning to outline with a V gouge.

This is a two sided woodblock that will probably be displayed on a rotating stand once complete. The flip side is a skull with a decorative headband.

Share
Profile view showing both faces. They needed to line up to get the right feel.

Krampus – Dead Santa wood spirit

I love Krampus. Under my pen name I wrote a book about him (shameless plug: GET IT HERE). He’s the anti-Santa who delivers punishment to the bad children instead of toys and treats.

I had this idea for a Krampus wood spirit and then saw someone’s image of a two sided wood spirit and was intrigued. I originally intended Krampus on one side and Santa on the reverse. My wife saw the Santa sketch and asked why I was being so cheery and not taking my normal macabre approach to everything – so I made Santa as a skull with a beard: Dead Santa.

 

Rough sketch on the corner of the block to create the profile.
Rough sketch on the corner of the block to create the profile.
Profile view showing both faces. They needed to line up to get the right feel.
Profile view showing both faces. They needed to line up to get the right feel. click to zoom
Dead Santa with whitewash finish
Dead Santa with whitewash finish
Krampus, unfinished
Krampus, unfinished
Finished and sealed with linseed oil. skull side
finished and sealed with linseed oil krampus side
Share