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’

Handcolouring testing – ‘Regeneration’ – Waratahs Linocut Part 2

This is the completed handcoloured linocut – ‘Regeneration’  – Waratahs – linocut. I have called it “Regeneration”. After the destruction that occurs in bushfires the waratah ‘regenerates’ from a ‘lignotuber’ which is a type of starchy or woody swelling found … Continue reading Handcolouring testing – ‘Regeneration’ – Waratahs Linocut Part 2

What a difference a background colour can make – Emu Linocut

Having finally carved, printed and now coloured this linocut (after working on the original drawing over a year ago and the pre-sketch ideas over 2 years) I finally have finished! I had hand painted the emu above as you can see but it felt a bit empty so added a graded wash of ‘Australian Red Gold’ which I am quite pleased with. I must say this one of my favourite watercolour pigments as it just seems to have a glow about it.  I think the background colour can make a huge difference to any work and often it may take … Continue reading What a difference a background colour can make – Emu Linocut