Printmaking Course 2015 – Lino cut

Firstly I traced a simple image of an acorn onto the lino. I’d managed to work out the reverses and mirror images by using photoshop so I was confident but the lino was hard, I tried various tools to cut into it but I laboured in vain. I had time to make just one black and white print.

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My tutor suggested I cut the lines wider to give more definition so during the week I made alterations but wished I’d added more smaller lines to the cap.

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In spite of the disaster I had with the yellow ink when collagraph printing I was assured that the original  black on my plate would knock the colour back – thankfully it did. P1000292

I inked up the plate again with blue – a small amount of the yellow showed through but nothing exciting.

P1000297I decided to cut out the acorn shape so I could ink the background a different colour.
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On the one above I used the back of a wooden spoon but unfortunately the acorn wasn’t fully aligned with the background so I ended up with a white halo.P1000294

More colours added – by this time I’d learnt not to roll so much ink onto the plate, if any at all at times.

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Sometimes I’d ink just the acorn.

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At other times just the background. By this time the rollers were becoming a confusion of colour so giving a softer finish to the prints.

In all I made 17 prints and felt it was one of my better days in the studio in terms of experimentation.

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