In a slight tangent from my usual digital photographic medium, I have been experimenting with the tangible world of lino printing. Not only do you get a tremendous sense of calm and focus when cutting, but you also experience a rush of excitement and anticipation when you finally get to print!
Here is my journey so far.... enjoy!
Step 1 - Choose an image to transfer onto lino
I chose one of my own photographs. My decision to go with this design was based on it's simplicity and bold shapes - far easier to practise with compared to more intricate designs.
Step 2 - Get cutting!
Using a range of cutting tools, I began cutting around the design. Remember, whatever you've drawn onto the lino will be revered when you print (luckily this design works either way around).
Tip - try to cut deep enough where you want to avoid paint transferring (shallow cuts may still print if paint gets into the gaps)
Step 3 - Testing the print
After cutting out both dove designs, I wanted to test the prints onto paper. I found this especially useful as a way of identifying areas where the cuts were too shallow (you'll be able to see flecks of paint where it should be blank).
I can then go back to refining the finish of each lino print before going onto the fabric.
Step 4 - Prepare the fabric
I bought a cheap pashmina style shawl to practise my first set of prints on. Before printing, I hand washed the shawl to ensure any excess colour washed away first. After drying and ironing, it is now ready for printing.
Step 5 - Time to print
This week, I'll be going into printing onto the fabric. Watch this space to see how it turns out!