Friday 11th November 2016

Today was my allocated time to experience the lino cutting work shop. I have worked with lino in the past, it is something which I do enjoy, and allows for a large quantity of work to be made within a short space of time. This morning I used one piece of lino but worked into it after printing a couple times.

I chose to work with something out of my sketchbook as a design. First I had to draw out the image on tracing paper with pencil. I then flipped it over and placed it onto a piece of A5 soft cut lino and went over it with the back of the pencil to transfer the design, which will now be backwards. However, when it is printed, the design will be reversed back to its original orientation. Next I went over the faint lines with a sharpie so they became more clear for the next step which was using a tool to cut out the outline.

This was what the piece of lino looked like when I made my first print:


Next, I rolled blue oil based ink evenly onto the lino. I then placed it on the press and put a piece of paper on top and pressed down on it lightly to prevent it from slipping when the roller goes over it. I also placed another to catch any mess. After pushing the roller across it, I peeled off the paper to reveal the print:


Once printed I had to use white spirit and a rag to clean off the ink. Next, I decided to cut out the body of the character but leaving an outline, which would result in it being paper and not ink. I also decided to try a different ink colour:


I then took it one step further and worked into the background:


(the print looked skewed due to the angle of the paper and camera on my phone, I intend on scanning these images and experimenting with them once they have dried.

This is what my piece of lino looked like at the end:


I am very pleased with the outcome of my lino cut, I think my prints have been very succesful, especially which the use of bright pink ink.. which is a colour I wouldn’t normally go with but I tried it out. Once the prints are dry I intend on scanning them and playing around with them on photoshop, inverting them and changing the colours. Lino cutting is a process which I enjoy and hope to use for future projects.

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