So, January 25 I started the cutting of a linocut piece for the first of potentially four different Purbeck drystone wall designs. I had said to myself after my last linocut attempt at Swanage pier thatI must try something easier yet here I was doing something complicated again. In the last two weeks I have moved on my Lino experience apace. Instead of using the battleship grey on hessian backing traditional link I had bought some soft cut from Pooki presses when I got my baren.
I traced the line drawing I had done of a field wall on the South a street path to Chapmans Pool from Kingston. I transferred this onto the Lino and inked it in. I then hollowed out each large stone with the cutting tools. I did initial test prints in white ink on black paper and identified boundaries to trim further. I experimented with paper wetting but not blotting enough before printing but I could see what I had.
Yesterday I worked on wall 2 – a decorative wall built up in Durlston Country Park. This time I didn’t do the drawing trace etc. I had he line drawing in front of me for reference but did freehand cutting. This time I cut the boundaries between the stones. Visitors identified the wall from the Lino piece. I did a dry test print onto cartridge paper too.
I did two other pieces yesterday that I shall return to in a later blog. Today I did two more freehand cuts. Wall 3 was done in the same style as wall 1 as it is an older wall in place. Wall 4 was done,in the same style as wall 2 as rebuilt in this style in 2018/19.
This test print is the format I want to adopt, edited a bit, for the final product which represents a celebration (PAW2022 theme) of different styles of drystone wall found in Purbeck.
I will post further once I have tidied the four pieces up and done neat copies.
In less than a month I have produced four different style drystone wall styles in linocut form. My cutting skills have improved. I love the soft cut and have no cuts as a consequence on my hands. I also have a better understanding of how to get the sharper finishes on this media.
There will be many more linocut pieces and projects this year which supports me adding print,asking as one of my art forms on my PAW 2022 application.
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