Monday, 6 December 2010

Print Class Part 2

My print class has finished for the year and I feel a bit sad that it's over... luckily it's starting again in the new year and we will be learning new things... yay!
Being a bit rubbish and totally snowed under with work I only made it to about half the classes this term but I did finally manage to get a handle on repeat lino cuts... not contented to "do something simple to try it out first" as the teacher advised I decided that I really wanted to do a circular pattern. One lino cut which when turned thru 90 degrees would form a circle.
This involved rather more swearing in the registering process than my class mates were comfortable with, the teacher was impressed with my ambition, which I took to mean that I was running before I had learned to walk but then I have never really been one for half measures!
I decided to try a wren on a nest and I am really quite pleased with the result, the print quality isn't amazing but we have been promised a go with the presses next year which should improve that... and I shall be trying it out myself at home with some oil based ink as soon as the festive season is out of the way.
I also made one in blue and brown which is going to be my mum's Christmas gift... it's a shame I couldn't go to all the classes as I now have so many ideas that I think my brain may explode! They will have to wait for the new year tho a the festive shopping rush is in full swing and my inky fingers are being kept very busy wrapping orders!


  1. it's a super drawing and cut - and you did a fantastic job lining them up for the print!!

  2. that's really good. I do like your birds, they look solidly ethereal (a good thing)!

  3. That is sooooo lovely, Melanie! Wonderful stuff! Have you ever visited Mariann Johansen-Ellis at her blog? She is so generous with her knowledge and posted some great videos and tutorials about printmaking - including registering methods and lino-cuts. Go take a look (some more links on my blog - in the "Clever Stuff" bit, r/h column). Also visit Louise, of Postcards from Behind the Hedge - she did a series of great posts on Lino Printing (also linked on my blog) -
    I love your little wren(s) and the nest. Very gorgeous. And like you, I always seem to dive straight in at the deep end - sometimes causing some frustration to my tutors!

  4. That's absolutely lovely! I'm sure your mum will love the print! It really is ambitious, but it's great how you love challenging yourself!