Busy Chickadees, Linoleum Block Print

linocut of chickadees on a branch

Busy Chickadees, linocut © B.E. Kazmarski

Those little chickadees—I don’t know how they get anything accomplished when they are always hopping about and chick-a-dee-dee-ing. I have feeders outside each window and in the winter the cheerful chirps and constant activity among the bare and graceful branches are welcome.

This is a long and narrow linoleum block print in black on white rice paper with a tint of gray on the birds. It’s matted with a tan black-core top mat and a turquoise black-core bottom mat, framed with a black wood frame with a rustic edge. The art size is 12″W x 4″H, the frame size is 16″W x 8″H.

detail of print

Detail of print.

I have fun with this print. I kept the design fairly plain and spare so that I can sometimes add other colors to the background but more often mat and frame it in other color combinations and other frame styles and colors.

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 find this set of prints in my Etsy shop, or if you are local to me I actually have these on display in my shop in Carnegie, in the back room at Carnegie Antiques, 423 West Main Street.

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