Lino Printing

 

Apr
06
2014

The weather was wet, cold and miserable, and yet it did not matter because I had a great time at a print workshop, held at the Prospect Studios in Waterfoot, Lancashire. It was great to remove myself from the office and to get back to practical basics. I produced a series of floral and foliage prints using Japanese lino. Compared to standard lino, Japanese lino is thicker, softer and much easier to cut into. What I like about this technique is how you can concentrate on shapes and colour, and can apply some texture, which I did within the leaves in my prints.

It took me approximately two hours to sketch and cut out the floral and foliage shapes. Whilst being hasty, concerned that I would run out of time, I cut into my finger. A warning to all who might try this technique; the cutting knives are very sharp! I just wanted to start printing and seeing my lino shapes in colour!

A good thing about cutting out each shape individually is that you can play around with different compositions. I also experimented with a few varieties of colour combinations and wanted some sombre shades i.e. pale greys with charcoal greys or purple, along with brighter yellows, greens and reds.

Alan Birch, whom I have known for a number of years and who has run the print workshops for some time now, helped me to gather the necessary materials and reminded me what to do after each process (it has been a while since I last did lino printing).

Follow this website address if you would like to find out about his print workshops and about his work – www.alanbirch.co.uk

Below are a couple of prints that I produced and which have been cleaned up with PhotoShop. I will be using these to create some designs that I have planned in the near future:

 

 

print-1

 

 

Print- 2

 

 

Pictures I took during my time spent in the workshop.

 

Brightly coloured water-based inks

 

Bright printing colours

 

 

Purple oil-based ink

 

Oil colour

 

 

Cutting knives

 

Knives

 

 

Initial shape outlines being carved out

 

Initial shapes

 

 

Foliage shapes cut out, ready for printing

 

Cut out shapes

 

 

All ready to go!

 

Laid out shapes

 

 

First print

 

Wet print

 

 

Prints hanging to dry

 

Prints hanging up to dry

 

 

Wet prints

 

Hanging prints

 

 

My working space

 

Studio01

 

 

Student’s work

 

Student's work

 

 

 

 

 

 

Infographic

 

Apr
04
2014

I was approached to design an infographic, pointing out 5 ways to protect against insider threats, for the Open University.

I thoroughly enjoyed researching different styles of infographics and design layouts for this brief. A huge percentage of my time was spent researching and coming up with ideas, to illustrate each section on security.

I was given specific guidelines, such as, what fonts, colours,dimensions and the ‘overall look’ to work to. I just loved producing the illustrations, then putting all the elements together!

The illustrations were created in Illustrator, then the pieces were placed together in InDesign. I like using InDesign, as I find it comfortable to work with.

See below the final infographic and each seperate illustration.

 

Infographic

 

OU_Final_Infographic

 

Illustrations used in the infographic

Infographics components