My ‘Art of Cornwall’ linocut prints 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! Watch the video above to see how I create each print.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
No two prints are exactly the same so if you purchase one you're getting something special and unique!
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!
The artwork is named, signed, dated and numbered by myself. No second print run is created so they truly are limited edition prints!
Artwork is ready to hang with sturdy fixtures. The frames are made from whitewashed pine wood with a waxed finish.
Artwork is framed in specialist 'UV AR (Anti Reflective) Art Glass' which greatly reduces mirror-like reflections, increases viewing clarity and reduce fading.