Sunday, 24 February 2013

Poppies

I have been looking at prints made by Edward Bawden and artwork by Eric Ravilious and Paul Nash in the last few weeks. This has inspired me to try and produce something in their style. I also wanted to experiment with a small (A4) landscape as I am planning a much larger print in the future. This print was also fun as I wanted to blend my own colour from dry pigments allowing me to get the exact colour I wanted, however being red/green colour blind it may not be the same colour you see.
Drawing sketched out on Lino block prior to cutting
Lino block during cutting. I use wood carving chisels to cut the image as these produce a much more defined cut than Lino cut tools
I mix the colour I want from raw pigments, I have to remember to mix up enough colour for an entire print run to ensure consistancy.

Applying colour to the block. I roll the blended pigments with clear extender ink on a glass plate.

Block and paper are placed in the press.

First test print
The final print will take a few days to dry. Once it has dried I am going to experiment with handcolouring the petals on he poppies.
I will then mount and frame them.

Sunday, 10 February 2013

Owl Linocut Pt 2

 The next stage in the Owl Lino cut is to start cutting out the image. Having marked up the block you need to remove the bits that will remain white on the print. I use woodcutting gouges for removing the lino, they must be kept razor sharp to prevent tearing the lino, to keep the edge on them I hone them constantly as I am working.

Removing outline border
Cutting the details of feathers

 Once I think I have removed all the Lino I rub talc over the image this lays in the cuts to make them stand out, you can then see if you have missed anything.


This is my first test print of the image taken with the ink still wet. I will now clean up the block and once the print is dry check it for any errors and correct them.

The print is about A4 in size and will hopefully be ready for sale in a couple of weeks

Thursday, 7 February 2013

Tawny Owl Linocut


This is the prep work for my next Linocut. I have pencil drawn the image on the Lino block which is mounted on plywood to make it more stable to cut. I am now going over the outline in pen to give me an idea of what to cut out and what to leave.

As you can see it will be a very complex image to cut and I expect it will be at least a week before I am ready to test print. The final image will be about A4 in size. I will post more images as I go.