Carving approaches for linocuts…linoprints

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 outside leaves of the ‘Regeneration – Waratahs’ are quite complex – I am going to have to watch carefully to make sure I carve the correct sections!

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.

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oops…Australian Floral Emblems…less one – suggestions for helping fix mistakes in lino carving….

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….

Handpainting – handcolouring – Practicing & Experimenting – ‘Old Man Banksia’

  Handcolouring linocuts can mean a simple process of filling in the blanks with colour but for me it is a much more complex process. In this Banksia serrata design – Old Man Banksia – this design has a limited palette of creams/greens and a range of browns. I am relying on tonal values as well as colour to build up the image, and some under painting of yellow & reds. Below is the colour proof – the final colour of the seedpod for this design I have pared back to more brown & less red/yellow. Laying down the watercolour … Continue reading Handpainting – handcolouring – Practicing & Experimenting – ‘Old Man Banksia’

Studio Spaces – Print Studio and Working Studio

I am very fortunate to have two studio spaces I can work in. I didn’t always have the luxury of these two studio spaces to work, but as the family has been slowly been getting smaller I have been able to spread out a bit. Even the outside shed for printing is relatively recent – previously I took over a section of the garage with my print table and press. This was very difficult trying to keep clean – one of the aspects of getting spot free printing is to have clean surfaces and surroundings so dirt and dust is … Continue reading Studio Spaces – Print Studio and Working Studio

DRAWING – Where do I start?

Essentially I see drawing at its most basic and simplest form as marks on a page. You can make these marks with a variety of media such as pencil like this waratah sketch, charcoals, pen, watercolour, pastel, etc. For me drawing beginning to draw involves finding a surface – usually a piece of paper – taking a for example, a 3 dimensional object such as a vase of flowers and taking time firstly to perceive the object in a proactive way.  Making an effort to pay particular attention to detail through your eye and into to your brain. The more … Continue reading DRAWING – Where do I start?

Wildlife Illustration – Cassowary

This Cassowary drawing is one I completed as part of my HSC Art Major Works – a long time ago….. I used the fine rotring pen that I have resurrected for my recent illustration course work and used watercolour pencils for the colouring. Cassowary are huge scary birds – they have large, dangerous toed feet and that bony ‘headpiece’ can do serious damage to unwary intruders. That being said one of my most favourite children’s books is The Cassowary’s Egg written and illustrated with totally engaging and wonderful illustrations by Gary Fleming. Copyright – Lynette Weir Continue reading Wildlife Illustration – Cassowary