WARNING!! Lino cutting tools are called ‘gouges’ for a reason! Their purpose is to gouge or carve the surface of the lino to create the design and as such they are sharp and can easily cause unwary users to end … Continue reading Carving Linoblocks – Carving Boards – Safety tips
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 … Continue reading Warning!! Remember to always carve your design in reverse!!
The image on the right shows how I transfer my designs I have worked out on paper onto the linoblock. After I have finished developing the design and inked it in as a black and white design I then used … Continue reading Transferring the design from paper to lino
I know this seems an odd combination but on really cold days or average days where it is too hot to warm the room but not hot enough to help make the lino soft and pliable then I use the … Continue reading Linocut carving and 1970′s food warmers…
I thought I would show the table I use for drawing, carving and painting my designs. It is based around a tapestry stand idea but is a lot sturdier and has a flat drawing board with an edge around it … Continue reading Turning the Table – Drawing and Carving
This design is based around the Native Rhododendron. I have this species growing in my garden, it has gorgeous deep red bell-shaped flowers and dark green leaves. This linocut is part of the Design Art series I have been developing. … Continue reading Process and stages of carving a linoblock – putting it together
Sometimes if the carving of a linoleum block is more complex or I want to try out a couple of different carving methods before starting on the actual design block I will do a ‘sample carve and print’ first. The process of deciding whether you want a ‘rough’ immediate style of graphic image that reflects a subject like ‘The Cough’ by Australian artist Noel Counihan or a more clean edge approach really depends on the subject matter and how the artist wishes to reflect or convey the image they are creating. How ever, how the lino block is carved will directly relate to the final print image that is created.
The image left shows a very rough small section of one of the leaves with a 2 different carving approaches to the ‘hatched’ areas on the leaves. I started by carving the outside white sections leaving the raised areas which were to give the ‘hatching’ effect. The ‘hatched’ sections on the top of this image are where I have carried the blade fully across the raised areas. The carving in the middle is where I have carved the lines ‘inside’ these raised areas creating edges when printed. The final section on the bottom is where I have been looking at starting with an edge and then running the lines off the opposite side. I like the first lot of carving on the left to get the ‘hatching’ effect that I want.
I will file this print with the sample carved block for future reference.
This is one of the photographs I have used for ‘inspiration’ for this particular waratahs design. Below is a close up of some of the first carvings on this block. At this stage I am still deciding on the style … Continue reading Carving a Linoblock…’Regeneration’ – Complex Waratah Design
Progression of the carving on the “Waratahs” can be seen on the left. It is a slow but that’s because it has a lot of fine intricate carving that needs to be taken carefully. I generally use 4 different sizes … Continue reading Complex Fine Carving – Regeneration – Waratahs
What you will notice is that I have used 2 different types of lino I have used.
The red brown one is some lino I had bought in a really large piece and this is the 2nd last one I am carving using this particular brand. the last one is the one I am still working on – I find it easy to carve and great for larger areas but a bit ‘crumbly’ in the very fine sections of my carving and therefore a little annoying.