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.
This design is Australian Rainforest Wildflowers. The first image of this in is the one from Carving – some of my lino carving methods No.1 showing the outlines of the spaces I wish to carve out ie. the areas I wish to … Continue reading Carving – some of my lino carving methods No. 2
This is the final result of the carving!! It is the most tedious section of the carving but it means that essentially I will gain the neatest and cleanest edge so that when I roll the ink over the uncarved … Continue reading Carving – some of my lino carving methods No. 3
Today I have been working on the fourth of a series of about 12 linocuts. This is a brown lino – not sure of its name – it carves easily but it can crumble more around the edges which can … Continue reading Linocuts…in the studio today…
Now for the game “spot the difference”. Look at the two linocut images below. Can you see the difference? It has something to do with these gorgeous flowers – ACT State Floral Emblem – Royal Bluebells Wahlenbergia gloriosa. Unfortunately the first image on the isthe proof print for the linoblock I have just finished carving and the second image is a new template including the missing Royal Bluebells. Sometimes you just make mistakes – some are quite small and some well…mean you have to re-carve a whole linoblock. Some tips: 1. Sometimes you can carve around a mistake and incorporate … Continue reading oops…Australian Floral Emblems…less one – suggestions for helping fix mistakes in lino carving….