I’m still catching up on all the stuff I wasn’t able to work on while off-line, but I’ve been up since 3.30am, so I am going to take a break and talk about lino prints, for a while…
The prints you see to the left are the first lino cuts I’ve done since high school (but if you click here, you’ll see I’ve been experimenting with eraser-carving & relief printing with other random household stuff). I started off with pencil drawings (something else I’ve not done since school!), then transfer-rubbed the image onto lino, and went over lines with a black Sharpie.
It all went very smoothly, and unlike my first eraser-carvings, I managed not to stab myself (or at least draw blood!) once. As you can see from the prints, I didn’t worry too much about how ‘clean’ the backgrounds are, as I don’t think a print should look like a pen & ink drawing. I like to leave ‘movement’ lines in the background, so that you can see it has been hand-carved; otherwise, what’s the point? I carve away the background working outwards from the central motif, so any remaining marks echo the flow of the drawing.
All 3 of these prints are used as illustrations in my zine, ‘On Flowers and Fairy Tales’. I used a combination pigment ink stamp pads & pens for the colour, and although it would have been nice to achieve the slightly raised effect of ‘proper’ printing inks, I think they came out quite well. As a collection of illustrations, & as my first real lino experiments, I’m quite pleased with them. At the same time, I don’t really feel as though the prints look like they belong to me – there’s nothing that says ‘me’ in the style of them – so that’s something I wanted to address in my next attempts.
After my very brief flirtation with Zentangling, I doodled some postcards, reminiscing over a type of doodle I used to do all the time (I don’t doodle so much, now I do all my writing on the pc). (Do you see the kangaroo in the top doodle? It might only be apparent to me… It certainly wasn’t intentional!)
When my next inclination to carve a new lino print occurred, the seed of inspiration had been sown. Although once it was carved and printed, I realised that my doodles have been subconsciously influencing my creative output for longer than I have realised. Do you see the resemblance to my tapestries…?
My next lino project followed a similar course, and I am far happier with both of these as representative of my ‘style’. They feel a lot more me… (And I love the potential ambiguity this last lino-cut – is it an ear of corn? a head of lavender? layered slices of onion…?) It’s funny, but I wouldn’t have even said I had a style until I started looking at my doodles, yet there it is, everywhere!
Anyway, I think that’s about all I have to say, just now 🙂