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filling tray print

Print 52, week 39 – filling tray meltdown

So I’ve missed week – again. January has been very busy – lots of sale orders, freelance work and my coursework has suddenly got very serious. So something had to give, and it was Print 52 unfortunately! Read more

print 52 week 8

Print 53 week #8

I’ve had a bit of a holiday spurt lately, first Madrid now Slovenia. Holidays for me are a bit like buses – you wait ages for one to come along and then two turn up at once. I’m not complaining though! It’s meant I’ve been a bit quieter on the blog recently, but I’ve managed to continue with the weekly lino prints and here is this week’s creation based on my trip to Slovenia. I used a photo of the awe-inspiring Lake Bled for inspiration, and tried to get some atmospheric sky in there – not sure if it’s completely successful, what do you think?

print 52 week 8 Lake Bled lino print Lake Bled




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Alphabet lino print

What’s new?

Sorry for being a bit quiet during the last few weeks. The combination of bank holidays on the two days I usually work for myself (Monday and Friday), a wedding in Belfast and a rotten cold have left me behind when it comes to blogging! So here’s a little bit of a catch up.

This morning I took delivery of lots more mugs, this time with a new colour – Mr Green, to make up a set of four. I love these mugs, really bright and fun and it’s like Christmas when I receive another box of them, especially when I can send my design off and it comes back as a fully made product.


Next on today’s agenda is creating a new lino print. This time I’m printing the WHOLE alphabet. I’m hoping it will make a great print, but I’ll also use it as a basis for a lino typeface which I will use to create some digital art and cards, I’m starting now so it will all be ready for Chr*****s (didn’t want to say it – far, far to early to utter those words!!) . Here are the first few steps in the process:

Alphabet lino print Alphabet lino print IMG_20130412_122019

Another new project that’s underway is my new website. I’m creating it myself and it will be even bigger and better,  so soon there will be a whole new home for this blog – I’ll keep you posted. In the meantime, here’s a quick peek:




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aztec inspired reduction linoprint

Make: a reduction linoprint

There’s nothing quite as satisfying as a good reduction linoprint! In an effort to continue experimenting and trying new things I thought I’d try a little reduction print today, I was inspired by Aztec patterns, having just bought a brilliant Aztec inspired cardigan in the sales.

I took lots of pics as I went along, so thought I would share the process with you here. Right, lets get started…

You will need

  • Images/sketches etc for inspiration
  • Lino  – cut the the size you would like your print
  • Pencil
  • Permanent marker
  • Lino cutting tools
  • Lino printing inks, roller, and something to roll out your ink, a plastic tray for example
  • Smooth paper to print on
  • Cardboard cut to the same size as the paper you are printing on
  • Masking tape
  • A brayer or spoon

reduction lino print - how to

First draw out your pattern on to the lino. I wanted to make an Aztec inspired print so I did a bit of online image research first for some ideas. I kept the pattern simple but with enough going on the be interesting. Try choosing a theme and picking out a few repetitive elements to get you started.

reduction lino print - how to

I like to go over my pattern with a permanent marker so that I can continue to see my pattern throughout the process, so you can do this once you have finalised your design.

Now to begin cutting. The idea with a reduction linoprint is that we use the same lino block for all three colours we are using. This means we need to cut away a little bit more of the lino each time we want to print a new colour. It’s best to start with the lightest colour, I’ve chosen a metallic bronze ink, so cut away on the lino the areas on the print you want to remain white (the colour of the paper). As you can see from the above photograph I have only cut a way a few areas, meaning there will only be a little bit of white on the finished print.

registering a lino print

Once you’re happy with the lino, place it in the centre of the piece of cardboard and use the masking tape to mark where the lino is. You’ll use these guides to line the lino up to each time you make a print.

Roll out your chosen ink colour on your tray and then ink up your lino. Making sure the lino is registered against the masking tape guides, line up the paper to the edge of the cardboard and lay gently over the lino. Press the paper down and place in your printing press if you have one, or use a brayer or the back of a spoon to apply pressure to the paper.

meking a reduction linoprint

Lift off the paper and lay the print out to dry. Print as many as you like – I created 5 prints. As you can see, the permanent marker left a slight pattern on the print but I don’t think this matters as it will get printed over eventually, plus I think it looks quite good – you could stop right here if you fancied!

Second colour linoprint

Once you have cleaned the lino thoroughly, cut away some more of the design. The areas you cut away now will remain bronze (or whichever colour you used first). As you can see I have cut away a bit more of the design, the permanent marker is still visible so I can use that as a guide.

reduction linoprint

Print your second colour, being careful to line up your lino and paper in the same way as before. Leave the print to dry – looking good huh?

cutting lino for print

Now we come the the last colour. Use your darkest colour for this layer. I’m cutting all the remaining areas away so I am just left with the permanent marker lines visible. I’m going to print this layer in black using the same registration method as before.

printing a linoprint

aztec inspired reduction linoprint

And here is the final print after 3 colours were printed. You can see clearly how the different colours have built up and why it’s important to start with the lightest colour and work up to the darkest.  These are great fun to do, and if you use water based ink they don’t take long to dry which means you can create lots of wonderful images in just a few hours. Go on – have a go!

aztec inspired reduction linoprint

aztec inspired reduction linoprint

Making a woodcut

New project; making a woodcut

Earlier this year I bought some Japanese plywood and some new cutting tools to experiment with. I usually use a soft-cut lino for printing and have been waiting for a project to try out the wood block with. Today I decided to put it off no longer and began carving one of my life drawing sketches into it. Once I had got my head around the fact that I had to go with the grain I began to get the hang of it. It’s a little bit rough around the edges so may need a bit of a smooth down before I print anything from it. I’ll let you know how it goes!

Making a woodcutMaking a woodcut

Making a woodcut