G – Great Lakes

I live in Michigan, a state that is surrounded on three sides by water—the Great Lakes. They call them lakes, but that seems a misnomer to me—I like to think of them as small seas. I’m originally from the east coast where we have another large body of water called the Atlantic Ocean. Other than the fact that the Atlantic is salty, and the Great Lakes are not, the visible differences aren’t all that apparent. When I think of lakes, I think of bodies of water where I can see the other side—the Great Lakes, not so much…heck, they even have tides!

Anyway, I want to print a series of cards with the Great Lakes on them. There would be 6 cards in all:  1) the 5 lakes together, 2) Lake Superior, 3) Lake Michigan, 4) Lake Huron, 5) Lake Erie, and 6) Lake Ontario.  I’ve finished carving the linoleum blocks and have chosen Bodoni Bold 24pt for the names. I even have the paper chosen, French Paper’s Specklestone.

Finished Linocuts
Font Options — Bodoni Bold on top

I do have one little problem. I scratched the Great Lakes block. When I was carving, and almost finished, the lino cutter skittered across the surface of the block and now between White Fish Point and Keweenaw Peninsula there is a long line reaching into the center of the lake—let’s call it a bridge to nowhere. If I’m lucky, I can sand down the block enough to get rid of the scratch. It’s unfortunate, because I really like how it turned out. We will just have to wait and see.

Scratched Lake Superior — Keep in mind, the image is reversed

Fingers crossed.


2 thoughts on “G – Great Lakes

  1. These are going to look cool! Our Spanish tall ship will be sailing the “Sweetwater Sea” this summer – any chance these cards will be in some of the local gift shops by then?


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