30 September 2009

Lino cutting lesson 1 continued

I've finished the rest of lesson 1.

Exercise 2 was to do a positive and negative image of a leaf.

This first block is made with 'Soft Cut' which is a lot easier to carve into. I didn't think it would give a sharp print but it seems to.

This second block is carved with proper lino. It's much harder to cut into so I heated it with an iron which helped.

and this is the print I got from them.

This is the last exercise to carve a block about 7cms square.

then repeat print it

24 September 2009

Lino cutting lesson 1

I got my first lesson from Dijanne on Monday.

I had some brown 'lino' but sent for some grey 'lino' and 'soft cut' lino sheet from Jacksons Art and had to wait for them to arrive before I could start.

I used a piece of the 'soft cut' to try the first exercise - using lino cutting tools to create a sample block.

This is what it looks like printed on to paper.

It was a very useful exercise to see what mark each tool makes.

09 September 2009

Lino cutting course

I’m hoping to do Printmaking 1: Introduction to Printmaking early next year as my 3rd Module in 1st level towards a Degree with The Open Collage of The Arts.

One of the blogs I follow is an artist based in Australia who is running an online Lino cutting course. It only cost $30 about £18 for 3 lessons and from what I’ve read on other blogs Dijanne gives a good grounding in starting to learn Lino cutting so I’ve just signed up for it.

I won't have to buy any materials because I've already got a small Lino cutting tool set and I bought some soft printing blocks but I want to learn how to use the proper 'lino' that I bought ages ago.....must remember to try the tip I read somewhere, sit on the piece of 'lino' for a while to soften it and make it easier to carve.