LIFE OF A LINOCUT

My ‘Art of Cornwall’ linocuts are pressed onto paper and pulled by hand. No two prints are exactly the same so if you purchase one you're getting something special and unique!

Photo ©   LLE Photography

HOW MY ARTWORK IS MADE

 
 

Above: A short film showing how I create my linocut prints.

 
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DRAWING & CARVING

The design is drawn onto the lino with a pencil and carved with specially designed tools. The design needs to be drawn in reverse so that it prints the correct way onto the paper. 

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MIXING THE INK

Once I've mixed the right colour I roll out just the right amount of ink onto a glass surface and make sure the roller is sufficiently covered.

 
 
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ROLLING THE INK

Ink is rolled over the linocut design. If too little ink is applied then the print will look washed out. If too much ink is applied then the design can lose the detail and texture of the paper. This process is repeated for every print created.

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PRESSING THE PAPER

Once the paper is placed on top of the linocut design, a wooden spoon is used to press firmly and transfer the ink from the linocut design into the paper. A lot of pressure is needed to successfully transfer the ink and it can be quite exhausting! 

 
 
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PULLING THE PRINT

Once enough pressure has been applied to all of the paper it is peeled away from the linocut design. It takes over a week for the ink to dry.

EVERY PRINT IS UNIQUE

No two prints are exactly the same so if you purchase one you're getting something special and unique!

 
 
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FRAMED IN CORNWALL

I get my artwork framed at Saffron Print in St. Agnes, Cornwall. Here's Ian, the owner, doing his thing. He handcrafts the frames himself and he's very meticulous! 

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LIMITED EDITION

The artwork is named, signed, dated and numbered by myself. No second print run are created so they truly are limited edition prints!

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BACK OF FRAME

Artwork is ready to hang with sturdy fixtures. The frames are made from white washed pine wood with a waxed finish.

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FRAMED WITH SPECIALIST 'ART GLASS'

Artwork is framed in specialist 'UV AR (Anti Reflective) Art Glass' which greatly reduces mirror-like reflections, increases viewing clarity and reduces fading.