Wednesday, 4 July 2012
In which I make marks on lino
For the first assignment, I used a variety of cutting tools to make 24 test squares on an A4 piece of lino. I'm referring to each square left to right 1 to 4, and top to bottom a to f. So the top left square is 1a. I used a variety of v-tools and gouges, and a craft knife as well.
A few of the marks remind me of different things - 1e looks like a school of fish swimming in a circle, and 2f looks like a school of fish darting through water. The short, vertical strokes of 4a, 3e and 1f look like grasses or crops. 2c reminds me of a choppy pond and 3f of a still pond. 3a could be a flock of birds above a cornfield? 2d looks like hail or snow. The more delicate qualities of 3c and 4c (made with the craft knife) are a bit like cobwebs.
Overall, it's an ok print? I like the marks, but the ink isn't as clear and black as I'd like. I used watercolour ink, and it was my first time using a baren. I think I need to use more ink and more pressure!