The Smudgery: A Work in Progress

The other day I woke up with what felt like a rock in my throat. Every swallow brought a sharp stab. The weather had dropped about twenty degrees recently and everyone around me seems to have some sort of bug or another. I decided to call in sick, hoping to nip it in the bud.

After sleeping in an extra hour or two (who can say, really?) I made myself a cup of ginger and honey tea and decided to spend some time on The Smudgery. It’s been a while. I have been busy with graduate school applications, friends visiting from California, and Halloween!

One work-in-progress has been sitting on my shelf for nearly a month. It’s my first lettering linocut, so it takes a little extra focus to make sure all of the letters print in the correct direction. I took advantage of the sunny (yet cold!) day and used my window as a light board to trace the design, taking breaks when the radiator kicked on.

My next step is to transfer the print (backwards) on to a linoleum block and then carefully carve it. I have been stalling on each step because I am so nervous about messing this one up! I get impatient and want to see a finished product that I’ll often make careless mistakes. But letters are much less forgiving than designs, so I know that I have to take my time and spread this project over many days.

Hopefully with Thanksgiving on the horizon I will have some more time to work on the shop! And fingers-crossed that my throat will make a full recovery before then.

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