Oh no! I seem to have started another lino print…

But first…
Dulltown, UK: Today’s carefully selected colours are: Memphis mauve, Akhenaten azure, Isis indigo, Ramesses red, Giza green, Luxor lemon, and of course Nile blue.

Oh dear, here we go again!…
Look! I told you lino printing was addictive!
Ah, you just start messing around with a pencil twiddled between the fingers, and there happens to be a scrap of paper nearby, and before you know it you’ve been sucked in!
Idly and unthinkingly sketching in a few pale random parallel stripes whilst siting there at your café table, waiting for your tea to cool, trying to resist the urge to reach out for the chubby dark paper-clad chocolate muffin, squatting in front of you on a little white plate, when really you should keep it for later – and you find yourself thinking, No, these stripes really need something cutting across in front of them before I shade them in. But at the back of your mind you are thinking about your computer monitor back at home, it isn’t that old, but it has started flashing light and dark intermittently, and annoyingly only occasionally – you’ll probably soon have to think about buying a new one, perhaps ordering one online, and, oh look, you have drawn a dark rectangle, a border, around your stripes and a rough representation of a monitor or a screen of some kind, in front – see, this could be the seed of a design, for another of those…

Then later, back at home you get out your little sketch, find an A4 drawing pad, and an assortment of pencils, a ruler, a white correction pen, and a rubber or two. You even cut an angled template out of a piece of cardboard to get the right consistent angle for all of your stripes. You ponder on the idea of the screen having some scratty dotty random things in the middle of it, just to contrast with the clean rectilinear feel of the rest of the thing – and you wonder what else will be added in the future – you can’t leave it like that – it needs something of interest bunging into the blank space at the bottom.
Gosh! Getting the spacing right between these stripes is surprisingly fiddly…

About Dave Whatt

Grumpy old surrealist artist, musician, postcard maker, bluesman, theatre set designer, and debonair man-about-town. My favourite tools are the plectrum and the pencil...
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