All artists will work differently but following is the process is the one I usually use in designing my linoprints. Basically the process that I use in designing new linoprints involves a lot of pre-designing ‘thinking’. I take all my … Continue reading The Designing Process – New Zealand Wildflowers
This is a design I was asked to complete – a small linocut of Tasmanian Christmas Bells. Fortunately I had taken some photos a long time ago of the Blandfordia punicea and have in my garden grown the local NSW … Continue reading Designing Linocuts – Design Process for Tasmanian Christmas Bells
Sometimes I do some drawings and leave them in my sketchbooks for later reference. Likewise with some linocut designs – for a number of reasons including not being fully happy with a particular design I will set them aside. In … Continue reading Designing – Redesigning and ‘Re-tweeking’ Linocut Designs
I was contacted by the Hanna Group to design something around an ‘Emblems’ design for a drink coaster. They specifically liked the idea of the Australian Golden Wattle used as a feature – perhaps around the edges, they also wanted … Continue reading Designing for a Commercial Commission – Part 1
It took over 50 hours of solid work to get to this printing stage from the final original design drawings, through the carving and printing processes . The oil based ink takes a couple of days to dry – although … Continue reading Designing for a Commercial Commission – Part 2 – handcolouring
This is the final result from the Drink Coaster I was commissioned to design using Australian Floral Emblems for the Hanna Group. The coasters have been produced and are now available!! This is the design – the design brief from … Continue reading Designing for a Commercial Commission – Part 3 – Final Design
Just a quick thought – often we approach design for linocuts with the thought in the back of our mind of the standard sizes of the linoleum blocks – squares of 15cm x 15cm or 30cm x 30cm. So we … Continue reading Artists Lino and Linocut design…Thinking outside the square.
These are the 4 main sizes of blades I use to carve my linoblocks – they are known as ‘V’ gauges and are blades designed to push away from you whilst you carve. There are other blades known as ‘pull’ blades designed to pull towards you as you carve – I have never used these.
The blades above fit into a handle when using them to carve lino.
Now at this point I need to stress that these particular carving tools are over 25 years old – they are certainly old and faithful and I guard them jealously. Not because they were hugely expensive but because out of long years of use they are comfortable. Sometimes it’s hard to let go of the comfortable. I have noted that a newer set of Speedball blades and handles are not the same as these – they are a different shape of handle and gauges and have less weight in the handle.
I have not the access to shops that sell the more expensive carving tools nor the finances at this point and I would need to feel them before I bought them but I also know that into the future I will need towards replacing these.
The end section on the right side of the above image below comes off and the spare blades can bet stored there but this is not something I do. I do also though use some padding I tape onto the end for the finer blade due to the constant pressure into the palm of my hand whilst carving. The end of the handle fits neatly and comfortably into the centre of my hand.
Essentially you need to find the blades and handles that best feel comfortable to you. As an aside I do not like the long straight wooden handled cheaper lino carving tools that are most used in schools. They contain only larger sized blades and foe me I find them cumbersome to use as I have a small hand and do a lot of fine carving.
Essentially the lino blades that you use regardless of brand etc are a metal blade or knife designed as gouges. Continual use of the carving linoblocks will make them blunt and like any knife they need to be maintained and … Continue reading Keepin’ them sharp – Linocut blades