Thanks for popping in. Woke up this morning and was overcome with the overwhelming desire to do something I have only ever done once many years ago in France – and that time it was rather rushed and a bit rough.
Good grief! I hear you gasp. On a Saturday morning?!? And she wants to share about it on the blog?! My oh my… she definitely needs a holiday….
You know how it is. When the mood is right you have to grab it with both hands.
Hahahahaha. This is getting worse!
Ok settle down, settle down. Back to the top of the page. Woke up this morning and decided today was the day to
master the art of Lino-Cutting!
Well Master may take a little longer than 3 hours, but I’ve got the general idea now – and more importantly, I like what I did enough to want to try again. And again. And again. Let me take you back to 7 this morning, when I climbed the stairs to the SHAC, and settled down to experiment and figure out stuff. Because that is what you have to do. With any craft. And you have to be prepared to crack a few eggs if you want to make an omelette.
Started by trying out the various cutting tools, to see what they did. £1.75 for the grey lino. mmmm…wonders how much she’ll go through before she pulls a print…
Time to consult the internet and watch a few experts methinks…
Draw your design on the lino. Cut around the outside of the image. Turn the lino, not the blade, and keep BOTH hands behind the blade!
In the name of R&D I have let go of the finished piece here, and am just figuring things out. How to hold the tool, how to navigate the blade, how deep to travel, which direction to travel, etc etc etc
I want to see how you get those fabulous random gritty lines in the background. They called this Noise or Chatter. Yes, I want to work out how to chatter well.
There’s only one way to see what’s going on, and that is to pull a print.
I’ve got all the gear and no idea! Even got the right ink! Hope it hasn’t got a shelf life, because it must be 10 years old! Not cheap either! Schmincke. Glass mat and brayer. Of course she’s got glass mats and brayers! Pick a size and pick a hardness! Brayer girls, brayer! Oh dear, there she goes again with the innuendo.
Yikes. Used wayyyyy too much ink on the glass mat here! Keeps going undeterred…this could get messy.
We’ll use copy paper to pull the first print. It’s thin and cheap! And she’s even got a baren – a printmaking tool for burnishing. Back of a spoon works too.
Ready for the big reveal? I love it! This is actually very promising.
I like this. In fact, I am very pleased with it. Very VERY rough, but it has that coarse, bold feel that lino printing conveys. Big learning curve. And since I’ve got wayyy too much ink on the glass mat, let’s pull a few more prints!
Mmmm. I wonder. The area around the seedhead. (Yes. It is a seedhead). It’s very white, isn’t it. I would have liked a little more chatter around that part.
Bingo!! And all I did was use a softer brayer, which got down in the recessed area with the ink. I love it when an idea works.
And so she happily pulled as many prints as there was ink on the glass plate.
Chuffed. Tell you something else which I liked. The printing ink is very gloopy, but it is water-based. I ran the brayer and the glass mat underneath the cold water tap when I was done – and they came back like new with no effort.
I want to design a line of Lino-stamps. That art style really appeals to me. What think you?
And now it’s pottery time! I ordered some Terracotta clay which arrived this week, so I want to see how that works on the wheel. I’ll report back tomorrow!
Stay safe. Stay busy. Go make something! It’s good for you!