I’m always eager to try out new techniques, and I really fancied adding some lino prints to my portfolio. So, a couple of weeks ago, I went to a print workshop in Rossendale, Lancashire. I’ve been there a couple of times before and just love it. All the required materials are provided and I can make as much mess as I want. Super!
I thought it would be interesting to show a couple of styles within some of the new designs for Easter cards which I am currently working on. I thought that lino printing would look perfect with watercolour flowers. They would contrast, yet compliment each other – watercolour being fluid and lino prints producing a solid, textural feel. I really liked the idea of experimenting with shapes and textures, and I intend to use the best prints for my designs. I will scan my prints in PhotoShop and then develop these within my Easter card designs.
To begin with, I’d prepared a few linear drawings of flowers, leaves, bunnies and birds. These are some of the shapes that I initially transferred onto lino.
I scoured around each shape with a lino cutter, making sure to keep to the outer lines. I cut away some of the inner detailing too, i.e wings, eyes and flower seeds.
Lino is pretty tough material! I used a stanley knife to cut some of the shapes, then used a pair of sharp scissors to cut out the remaining shapes.
Even though I would be scanning and creating the Easter cards designs in Photoshop, I thought I’d rearrange the shapes before the print stage, to play around with some ideas that I had.
I wanted each shape to be a different colour. This is another layout which I was playing around with.
A few of my prints, drying. They actually didn’t take long to dry at all.
A sneaky peak inside the print workshop!
Just a few of my final prints. I’ll definitely use these to create a range of Easter cards. I love mixed media, so these will be combined with some other techniques, such as watercolour, which I mentioned earlier. Once they are finished, I’ll show you the final collection, so stay tuned!
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