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Heartstorm is a hand-made, linocut print by Michael Buchino. (And Aaron Draplin digs it.)
Heartstorm is a hand-made, linocut print by Michael Buchino. (And Aaron Draplin digs it.)
Heartstorm is a hand-made, linocut print by Michael Buchino. (And Aaron Draplin digs it.)
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Heartstorm

Heartstorm is a 19" x 25" linocut print by Michael Buchino. It is hand-drawn, hand-carved and hand-pressed. 

I watercolor the lightning bolts. (For $99, I watercolor the whole damn thing.)

Everything is done by hand. Each print will be signed and numbered. 

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Um, What?

I’m a graphic artist in Portland, Oregon. After years of staring at a screen, I decided to try a more tactile discipline—linocut.

I bought a slab of linoleum, carved it (with a hunched back over a week in the wee hours of the night until I grew a Mr. Burns hump) and printed it. 

(The image is from an original watercolor I painted last winter.)

I printed it by rolling a 200-pound sod roller over the linoleum slab which squished a whole buncha ink onto a 19" x 25" sheet of grade-A, made-in-the-USA, Pop Tone Whip Cream paper from French Paper Co.

And I'd like to share it with you. Make me make you a poster. 

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Photos

Black ink print with watercolor lightning bolts. LIGHTNING BOLTS!!!
Black ink print with watercolor lightning bolts. LIGHTNING BOLTS!!!
Black ink print with a full storm of hand-painted watercolor ($99).
Black ink print with a full storm of hand-painted watercolor ($99).
Just look at me inking that linoleum.
Just look at me inking that linoleum.
Look how happy I am!
Look how happy I am!
5" x 7" postcard with original watercolor art (digitally reproduced).
5" x 7" postcard with original watercolor art (digitally reproduced).

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Flex Goal

If the poster count reaches 50, I'll send all poster funders a Scout Book with the Heartstorm illustration stamped on it.

Update: The flex goal was reached! Every poster funder gets a Scout Book.

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Thanks

Thank you, Aaron Draplin, for endorsing Heartstorm.

Thank you, Paul Searle, for filming and editing this video. 

Thank you, Em Space, for introducing me to linocut. 

Risks and challenges

I’m not a usually a printer. This is all new to me.

So:

* I don’t have materials (ink).
* I don’t have equipment (a 200-pound sod roller or alternate mechanisms by which to print this thing).
* I don’t have space.

But:

* I have the design.
* I have the linoleum slab.
* I know from whom to get materials.
* I know from whom to rent equipment.
* I know from whom to rent space.

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    YOU GET A PRINT! Thanks for jumping in REALLY early.

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    You get a 5" x 7" postcard with a reproduction of the original watercolor art and a personal thank you.

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    You get three blank 5" x 7" postcards with a reproduction of the original watercolor art to send to two friends and your mother so she knows you still love her.

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    YOU GET A FULL-COLOR PRINT! After the black ink is pressed, I will watercolor each section of the print by hand (not just the lightning bolts).

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