Lino, lino, lino, lino print!…

But first…
Dulltown, UK: Today’s pencil sharpener is the one shaped like pencil sharpener, which makes it very easy to use – what an efficient original design the pencil sharpener was!

Hm, as you can see from today’s cute title dear reader, this post is going to be another one about lino printing, well, at least it’s going to be about doing a design for one.
What to fill your time with if you are self-isolating? Do art!…

Top right is a mug of green tea, (I used to use Twining’s teabags, but now I like the loose-leaf green tea that one can buy in shiny green boxes (that come from Germany) in the Arab mini market, infused [or mashed, as we say here in Dulltown] in an adapted tea strainer.), and top left is the first rough sketch of a design for my new lino print; the idea for this one popped into my head almost fully-formed.
I was thinking at the time about the basic idea of printmaking, which is, that all the prints that you make from a block are identical, or near as damn it – there will always be slight differences though, the density of the ink, possible flaws in the paper (especially in handmade Japanese papers), even a smudged inky thumbprint in the corner of one of them, you know, that sort of thing.
This would be a ‘picture in a picture’. If W Shakespeare can have a play within a play, I can surely have a picture within a picture! Round the edges would be something resembling a landscape and sky, but in the middle there would be a sort of frame, perhaps a hoarding, a billboard, sitting in that landscape, it would have something on it that was in a very different style from its surroundings.
The ‘landscape’ and ‘sky’ should be quite crisp and cleanly formed, but the stuff inside the frame, the ‘piece of art’, should be deliberately ‘abstract’, rough, random, and scratty!
The scrattiness would be achieved with a bit of rough treatment of the surface of the lino with sharp instruments, such as a pointy knife blade, coarse sandpaper, a bit of scraping and even stabbing with a sharp bradawl, etc., and all done in a quick and carefree manner!
As I worked on the drawing, I formed the idea of extending the scrattiness and randomness in that part of the design – to the printing process too!
Whoa! How daring is that?…
Gosh! I’ll bet you can’t wait to see what it’s going to look like!…

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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5 Responses to Lino, lino, lino, lino print!…

  1. Jheron Bash says:

    Well, all of us here at LPAC wait with bated breath. Be sure to keep us posted.
    Next time you bump into Tony Mayonaisse, you could suggest he tries his hand at a spoem within a spoem?

  2. David Manley says:

    let us all praise scrattiness in these difficult times!

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