Lino Printing

As a development on from potato stamping, I’ve decided to explore a more refined form of printing. I have little experience when it comes to lino printing, but it’s a skill I’ve wanted to develop since my first experience

Before diving straight into carving the lino, I quickly sketched out some ideas I wanted to develop. In reflection on previous drawings, I’ve decided to explore faces of fish more, specifically fish with large/sharp teeth. These are some of the sketches I created

Deciding to go ahead with my shark image, I created my first lino print. Creating this in a dye work shop, gave me access to specialist equipment and lino printing ink. In reflection of this attempt, I’ve carved my detail to much/thickly. Leaving large white patches in my print, I do like the simplicity of my design but this made the print too simple for my liking.


My second attempt was created at home, using a finer carving tool I could create a lot more detail through the head of the shark and create sharper more refined teeth. As I created these at home, I didn’t have access to a print roller or lino printing ink, I created this one using a wide paintbrush and acrylic paint. I used these to get an idea of the image I would create one I had access to the correct tools.


To experiment further with paints, I created these prints using gouache paint, as this is a water based substance the paint gathered up in little splodges on the lino, when printed it gave this bubble effect on the paper which I found interesting, I think this compliments the theme and atheistic I am aiming for.


After gaining confidence using the carving tool, I created a larger print using the side portrait of the fish for inspiration. Due to the bigger piece of lino, I could experiment with a variety of carving tools with bigger widths. Again, having to acrylic paint and paint brush to print this, I am excited to develop further and use the correct ink and rollers to create this print to reveal all the detail I carved into this piece.


To develop my lino prints, I will re-print these using the correct ink and tools onto paper and fabric to see how they responded and re-evaluate them from there. I want to combined previous stencil like drawing and lino printing together and see how each technique will complement each other.


Illustrative Drawing.

Illustrative drawing is a big influence and aspect of my designs. Here I created several illustrative drawings using pencil and a black fine liner. These are all influence from my visit to Bristol aquarium.  I am pleased with the outcome of these, as it was a great practise experimenting with my line work. I have created illustrative patterns throughout the bodies of these creature. These are not realistic patterns. I feel this made-up line work suites the areas well and adds an interesting aspect to the design. Instead of the expected patterns you might find amongst these fish, I have created a contemporary alternative. I think this would help capture attention for longer as they line work is first what you expect to see.

I am very pleased with these drawing, although they do look a bit flat. I think they have been a great building block towards my designs but to move forward I want to add aspect of colour and shading to define the creatures further.  I also want to experiment with different medias in creating these illustrative pieces to add new elements and depths/widths to the line work.

Bristol Aquarium Visit.

Today I visited Bristol Aquarium for some inspiration around my theme and some primary resources for me to complete some new drawings and mark making. There was a ban on flash photography throughout the aquarium which was a bit of a pain for me as I then had to use my phone instead of my camera to take photos as my camera had a problem with focussing in the dim light with the fish quickly swimming around. My phone captured the pictures a lot more quickly than my camera, although I am still disappointed with how low the resolution came out when I transferred them onto my laptop. I am very glad to have some photos to work with currently and I need to get my thinking cap on to consider other ways of capturing some better imagery. As you can imagine, with a theme of ‘sea creatures’ it is quite difficult to gather some primary resources so I thought an aquarium was my best bet. On a very positive note, this visit inspired me greatly as I got to see the motion of the creatures as they glided around the water. It was fascinating to see these creatures in moving life rather than just on a computer screen. It has given me great ideas in relation to mark making and what special designer techniques I can try out or develop further with.

These two images are my favourite images of my whole visit. These jellyfish were magnificent to look at in moving life, the way their body swayed around as they bobbed around the water. I want to consider a way of really capturing this movement in my designs. Possible to use of a wet on wet technique (watercolours) to create an atmosphere of water moving around the jellyfish make work well.

These are some of the photographs that inspired me throughout my visit, I want to experiment with mark making and drawing involving these images. I could use a variety of techniques to create these experiments such as; stencils, splattering/stippling techniques, bleach effect, use of a ruling pen, sketching and illustrative drawings. I have also purchased a lino cutting tool and some lino to experiment with. I have got some vague experience with this but I think it will suit my theme and my idea for designs very well.

Here are some more of the photographs that I captured throughout my visit: