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Some more back to basics, traditional illustrations.
This time, print making with a lino block and some water based (presumably poster) paint.

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Print making is nothing I’m unfamiliar with but something I had little patience for, when I was but a lad preparing for my Art CXC’s (Caribbean equivalent to the British GCSE’s) years ago.

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The prints that you can make with lino can be really aesthetically pleasing to the eye, much like batik. It can also be a bitch when it comes to digging out the line work and just generally any areas that you want to represent shadow and/or form.

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I’d say it requires some level of meticulous planning and a good helping of patience. Yes, patience is the magic word. It’s not that it’s particularly difficult to do but you have to abide by those two P’s.

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Digging corners and small circles can be a right pain in the ass too, as such assessing the right tool for the job would not do you any harm at all.

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The idea is to get those lines deep as one can because when it comes to applying the paint/ink whatever – if those grooves are shallow, you’re going to find that your prints are missing details. Due to the ink occupying shallow crevices like it’s Wallstreet.

So there you have it, a lino cut print of an octopus and two fish. Not too shabby, first I’ve done since I was about 16… so wow, yeah, that was many moons ago.

There’s another skill I’ve become reaquainted with. I’ll need to practice and get back on it, proper like. I talk about levels of concentration and patience to do this but I haven’t even gone on to multicoloured prints yet.

Irie folks,

Keep Blazing

And

Stay Amazing!

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