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wellies lino print

Print 52, week 26 – new wellies

I don’t think I’ve ever been this excited about new wellies before (maybe no one has?!), so much so I created this week’s Print 52 as an homage to my new purchase. Those of you who know me may understand. Ive spend the last 5 winters wearing canvas shoes, or wearing wellies with holes in. Each year I say “this year I’ll have proper shoes for winter” and it never happens. Last year I tried really hard and bought these super expensive Timberland boots. I was under pressure in the shop; I was there with a boy and needed some decent boots to go and see fireworks that evening, so bought boots that were too small. Clever huh? Ah the pressure. I can wear them if I put a whole pack of blister plasters on each foot, and grin and bear it.

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linoprint experimental

Make: fun experimental linoprint

I can’t stop making little experimental linoprints at the moment, I’m really enjoying trying new things and going a bit crazy, so I thought I’d share each one I create with you and show you how I do it.

This one is based on trying various types of cutting action, playing with the various nibs for the cutting tool and having fun with it; hatching, stabbing, scratching, making lots of different shapes (obviously minding fingers throughout!). To make this a bit more structured the lino is marked with a grid before hand, I chose 4cm x 4cm squares. The idea is do do something different in each square:

drawing on lino for print

cutting lino grid

finished cut lino for printing

This is my finished lino, as you can see I used a variety of shapes, lines, and line thicknesses, plus I incorporated some overlapping shapes for interest (look for the circle).

inking up a linocut

Next up ink your lino with your chosen colour and get printing. For tips on how to register and print your lino see one of my earlier tutorials; ‘Making a linoprint from your sketch’

Printed edition of linoprints

And there you have it, a very cool experimental linoprint – see what you can create!

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