|two shells (photograph)|
Regular readers of this blog may recall that I spent my Saturday afternoons during Herts Open Studios drawing or painting a couple of seashells in different media. For the last session I decided to produce a reduction linocut, and duly set to cutting my printing plate ready for the first pull.
|linocut printing plate|
For practical reasons, the inking and the remainder of the cutting had to be done at home. One of the shells had a gold-coloured lining, so I decided to keep that in, hoping that the first layer of gold metallic ink would lend a warm feel to the finished print. The second layer of ink was problematic - I wasted quite a lot of ink trying to produce the pearly pink I wanted - I eventually managed to achieve it using a mixture of Titanium White, metallic copper and some Schminke Pearliser.
|the first two layers - gold and pearly pink|
For the third and final layer I mixed some cyan and Titanium White, to represent the sea. It was great fun to make some reduction linocuts, as I haven't done any reductions for a while, and I was pleased with the result - the registration is probably the neatest I've ever done!
|sea shells - the finished print|
So now that really is Open Studios finished for another year. Many thanks to everyone who came to see us - we had a wonderful response to our exhibition and really enjoyed meeting you all. Here's to 2013!