Linocut printed T-shirts

For something different, I've been experimenting with block printing on fabric this year - trying all sorts of ink, fabric and heat setting methods. I did a ridiculous number of printing tests so I'm tempted to accumulate my findings into a blog post. In the meantime, here are two kids cotton T-shirts I printed using linocut blocks and Speedball Fabric Block Printing Ink on my etching press.

T-shirts printed with linoleum blocks

A couple new tropical linocut prints

I've finished some new block prints over the last couple months including these two - Kauai and Ocean. Both were inspired by my travels to places like Hawaii, Samoa and the Cook Islands, as well as my son's fascination with ocean creatures. They were printed with oil-based relief ink on my etching press.

Kauai - Linocut Print

For Ocean, I used two blocks, one for the water and another for the fish, which I carved and printed using the reduction technique.

Ocean - Linocut Print

Airport Code Art Posters for the West Coast

One of my most popular linocut prints over the years has been this small West Coast map. I've always wanted to make a much bigger one and it's finally done. This new map block print features the airport codes of major cities on the West Coast, including San Francisco (SFO), San Diego (SAN), Los Angeles (LAX), Portland (PDX) and Seattle (SEA). The limited-edition print comes in two different colors and was made by the reduction method (on the first block) plus a second block for the text and flight path design.

"Pacific Coast" airport code linocut print