Warning!! Remember to always carve your design in reverse!!

On the left is a section of the linoblock carving of  a Tawny Frogmouth linocut design – ‘Sleepy Tawny’. It is the same size and companion image for ‘Tawny Stare’. The image on the right is the design template I develop before carving and use as a reference whilst carving.

Notice the difference?

They are a mirror image.

The important thing is to remember that if you want the final linocut to be the same as the original printed design you must carve it in reverse!!

This is particularly important if you are including lettering in your design otherwise you may need to be like Leonardo da Vinci and be able to read ‘mirror writing’.

Copyright – Lynette Weir

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