Lino printing is definitely going to become one of my new favourite hobbies - I have a lot to learn, but I'm loving every part of the process. After getting a basic kit in my first Artful subscription box, I've splashed out on proper inking tray as I didn't get on with the sheet of acetate supplied. I also bought a huge sheet of a different type of lino and a tube of gold printing ink. I think I will want some white, yellow and blue as well, but I plan to stock up on those gradually.
Here's the latest attempt, aiming at an illustration for that old, dark tale "The Red Shoes" ...
It's a WIP - you can see I've scribbled notes where I need to improve when I re-carve the lino next time. I added the red shoes by painting in with acrylic ink and a brush.
It feels a bit wasteful to carve the same scene again, but I think it will be a useful learning process ...
The tricky part is learning to think back-to-front - you carve out the bits you don't want to print of course, sounds obvious, but it's easy to forget as you go along. I love the look of the scratchy lines where all of the lino hasn't been removed from the white parts - apparently that's called "noise" or "chatter" and I think it has a very distinctive look which appeals to me.
If you're interested to watch my process as I fumble my way through it, click here to check out my YouTube channel, where I share many of my arty farty adventures :)
Thanks for popping in today, see you again soon!