New Year – New Posters!

New Year – New Posters!

My artistic efforts are at the moment divided between illustration and linocut printmaking. In the run up to Christmas, and during the holiday, I’ve been very industrious in producing new illustrations of places that inspire me around Britain. These are being...
Theatrical Christmas Cards

Theatrical Christmas Cards

I’ve added some more theatrical Christmas or winter cards to my shop this year. Although printmaking with lino is my main thing, I do enjoy other forms of art as well. Two years ago, I started an Etsy shop with some cards featuring some of my linocut prints. I...
Mendip Challenge linocut

Mendip Challenge linocut

Just over a week ago I went back to Somerset, where I grew up, to take part in the annual Mendip Challenge with an old friend. Thousands of people sign up for a sponsored walk of various lengths across the Mendip hills back to Uphill cricket ground on the outskirts of...
The river Axe at Uphill: Part 2

The river Axe at Uphill: Part 2

I have now completed my new linocut of the boats and River Axe at Uphill on the outskirts of Weston-super-Mare. This is an interesting and peaceful end of the beach, and I’m hoping to do more linocuts of the area – and, hopefully, a series on the Axe...
The Axe at Uphill linocut in progress

The Axe at Uphill linocut in progress

For the last week or so I’ve been working on a new linocut of the boatyard area of Uphill in Somerset. The scene at Uphill My original hometown is Weston-super-Mare in Somerset. At the far end of the town is the village of Uphill. It is on the coast and has now...
Fishing Boat and the Tower 2

Fishing Boat and the Tower 2

Recently I worked on a sketch of one of the boats here on Hastings beach – turning it into a smallish (approximately A4) colour linocut. Here’s the original sketch:- Sketch of Hastings fishing boat with the linocut block beside it. It was done as a...
Printmaking Papers – the sequel!

Printmaking Papers – the sequel!

I wrote about printmaking papers in my series about the various supplies and tools needed for linocut printmaking at home. But since then I have got myself a small press and have been able to try out a few of the heavier printmaking papers. So here’s my humble...
Boats and the Tower

Boats and the Tower

I’m working on a couple of linocuts at the moment. One is a large linocut of the Tower of London (pictured above in an early draft). I started this before Christmas with a view to also using it in a design I have in mind. The other is a small linocut of one of...
Working on a linocut of Herstmonceux Observatory, Sussex

Working on a linocut of Herstmonceux Observatory, Sussex

I’ve been wanting to do a linocut of Herstmonceux Observatory for a while. I like astronomy and science as a topic for prints. The buildings and structures used by astronomers and physicists really interest me. Herstmonceux Observatory is not far from here, out...
Beginning printmaking with lino: rollers and other sundries

Beginning printmaking with lino: rollers and other sundries

A look at those other bits and bobs that are useful for printmaking with lino. Bench hook Bench hooks are wooden slabs that help hold lino in position on the table while you are carving. I find them very useful to stop the lino escaping away from you, and they...
Beginning printmaking with lino: Carving tools

Beginning printmaking with lino: Carving tools

Here’s a quick look at what I’ve discovered so far by trial and error about carving tools, ink rollers (brayers, I think, for any Americans reading this?), and other useful bits and bobs that are useful for linocut printmakers. For my thoughts on lino,...
Beginning printmaking with lino: Materials – paper

Beginning printmaking with lino: Materials – paper

Having looked at lino, lino substitute and printmaking inks in previous articles, here’s what I’ve learnt so far about that very important topic – paper. What paper is best? There are a vast range of papers available to try out – and...