Moose Face, print 7 and 8 out of 30

30 prints 30 days, Prints, Small Print Store
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Moose face 2

There is no doubt making a print a day is demanding and yesterday was the first day I was not happy with  print, a moose, so I took time to rework him today and to carve a second moose for print #8.   I was interested in the moose’s face, go I Googled, “moose face” to find images to work from. What I found was the Urban Dictionary definition for “moose face.”

“A word (usually an insult) used to describe somebody as being silly/a fool, etc. It can also be used as more of a loving/joking insult, meant for close friends, if you are that way inclined. For example: You forgot to buy me a doughnut?! You’re such a mooseface!”
It is entertaining insult, though I can’t quite imagine anyone over the age of 10 calling someone a mooseface.
I really like the face of a moose, the overside, kind of dopey look.  I have never seen one during my hikes, there are apparently about 50,000 in the Northeast.  With some luck on my next hike in the Adirondacks of northern NY or higher up in Maine if I print this moose onto my shirt I will conjure one up.
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Moose Face #1

Today you get moose, print #7 and print #8. Both are happy moose!
As always they are available for $20 on my Etsy store, they are 4″ x 6″ images on 8″ x 10″ paper and only 10 are available.
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Moose face 1 and 2

And finally here are two photos, one of me inking the plates and the other printing on my Charles Brand Etching Press.

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Hilary Lorenz hand inking plate

Hilary_lorenz_printing

Moose Head Linocut, 7 out of 30

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Moose Head Print

This is one weird looking moose, more like a moose mask on a bear body. Today is the first day I missed my 8pm EST deadline. I was rushing to carve this block, give the dogs at least a 4 mile walk, then run  5 miles myself, and drive 87 miles to get more printing paper. Something had to give.

I got home with an hour to finish. I went into the dark studio with nothing but a headlamp. The studio is primitive, no electricity, no heat, just mud and rocks and glorious windows to aid in the passive solar.  I made a few proofs under my headlamps and decided to come back into the house to carve some more. My ink was hard in the cold and clumping up, and frankly too dark to see.

So this guy is just a preview, a “proof” print, not the final. He needs to get a few things straightened out, but that is the way with relief printing. You think your block is done, and good, but when you ink it up you see what you are missing or what you want to change. Tonight I will spend the evening changing it up and the final version will be available tomorrow, along with tomorrow’s new print. Hummmm, what should that be?

If your suggestion is selected, I will send you a free print. So fill out the comments with what you want to see carved. It can be anything. The catch is, I will not tell you what day your print is being made, so you have to check back.

Okay, more carving. See you tomorrow with the finished version.