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.


Journal Research- Conscious Living.

Viewpoint magazine delivers visual, editorial and statistical information to brands, designers, and agencies determined to create lifestyle products, campaigns and environments that anticipate consumer demand.

I have chosen to look at an article called Finding our better selves found in issue 36 of viewpoints collection titled Conscious Living. The article is very long and consists of many subheadings. Due to the nature of this set task, I’ve chosen to concentrate on one subheading called The Evidence.


This article generally outlines the movement of consumers and businesses choosing purpose over profit. As we face an environmental crisis of global proportions, sustainability is no longer a simple buzzword. This article suggests the future belongs to activist brands who deliver accountability and transparency to conscious living choices.  As sustainable fashion is true passion of my own, this has taught me a great deal and help me to develop thoughts and opinions in regards to conscious living that I can take into my practise.

Making a sea change

One significant issue activist brands and consumers are consciously acting together on is the world’s ocean.  This is a great collective theme as the ocean is crucial part of the world and it belongs to everyone so everyone is responsible- the oceans health is the worst it has ever been due to over-fishing and pollution. Examples giving throughout this article of activist brands are:

Parley for the oceans

Parley for oceans are activist who organise group rallies and events over the world in regards to the oceans health. Collaborating with Adidas and designed by Alexander Taylor have created a sportswear line made from plastic salvaged from the ocean. This has given me a lot to consider in regards to progression with my designs. This progression in sustainable fashion in relation to the ocean is a great reflection of my brief and is a new research point for my project.

No fish, No nothing

Kenzo developed a clothing line in conjunction with the Blue Marine Foundation, the collection named “No Fish, No Nothing” emphasises a strong message through bold colours and prints. This relates and inspires my project as this brand produced illustrative images throughout their designs, at a much larger scale than I had ever considered. This inspires me to experiment with scale in my designs.

Pantone colours

At the end of this article was a page of pantone colours, similar to mine. This gives me confidence in my own colour palette now as similar colours have been used in very successful collections with other activist brands.


Types of Design.



Art Nouveau

Toile De Jouy



Calico Prints

Lingerie Floral

Organic Textures

Thoughts, new ideas and aims.

Tomorrow is the beginning of part two of the subject brief. After venturing off to field the past five weeks, I am excited to get back in the mind set of thorough textile work and menswear design.

After re-reading the set subject brief and my own hypothetical design commission brief, it’s been a great way to get my mind and creative senses in gear. On reflection to my own brief I’ve decided I need to re-write some areas as my ideas and outcomes aren’t as clearly described and set out as they could be. I am happy on reflection that I stuck to the schedule I set, so I will re-make another one for this term also.

I am happy with the amount of drawing and mark-making experiments I produced last term, although I will keep adding to these as new ideas arise and to keep my mind in the “surfy”, illustrative mind set it needs to be in. To develop my drawing aspect further, I want to research closer into fish with giant teeth, I think this fish and image suits my HDCB well and the style of drawing I have previously used.

Print will be my home for the next couple of weeks as screen printing will be a main focus in regards to my designs progressing, I want to transfer some drawing I have previously created from paper to fabric through screen-printing. I also want to experiment with lino-printing and mono-printing.

To add to these drawing and designs I will create, I want to experiment with CAD as it will be interesting to discover new colour-ways in regards to my colour palette.

I want to develop and broaden my research file, to do so, I will continue to research into a variety or artists and designers that inspire my work. I want to re-visit shop areas I have previously research online into to gain a knowledge of the atmosphere in the shop and around the brands too.

As well as focussing on print-making, I want to dedicate some of my time to designing and creating forms of embroidery patches in reply to my HDCB and explore a further range of colours in regards to colour palette.

Throughout all of this, I really want my blog to flourish, by creating daily blogs posts in regards to my progress, development and inspiration.

Reflective blog- Formative Assessment Point.

Throughout the first stages of my project I found researching into the variety of companies an interesting experience. I have always been fashion textiles driven, so it was motivating researching into aspects I had not yet considered such as; stationery. I also found myself drawn into researching marketing values from each company such as their environmental ethics and how they publish their brand out into the world via social media, blogs and advertising. I found creating my Pecha Kucha presentation helpful in choosing what path I want to take as I could look at each element (stationery, fashion textile and interior) in depth and chose which one was right for me. I decided to go with my heart and stick with fashion textiles. Deciding to go with something I’ve always wanted to explore, I chose Element as my final company; a skate and surf brand. I will be focussing my designs around menswear, particularly young active males between the ages of 17 and 25. I was excited to dive into this although I was a little wary as I need to do a lot of research in regards to my target audience as I have never designed anything for a male before. The first lesson on colour theory is when I began to flourish in this project, I have never learned anything about colour previously besides the little self-taught knowledge through experimenting. I decided to re-create my colour palette and revisit a variety of studio design techniques such as; stencils, splattering, stippling and the ruling pen. I want to carry on refining these even further than I have and make my drawing style perfect for my target audience and company to help and inspire me when it comes to the designing aspect of my brief.

Development: special techniques

I thoroughly enjoyed creating images using stencils during the special techniques session. I decided to experiment with more sea creatures. Creating this lobster design inspired from my Bristol aquarium visit, it was nice to create a more challenging stencil. Now I was more confident in making stencil, I am confident in adding curved lines and cut outs which were a lot closer together. Using the orange inspired colour from my colour palette, I painted over the stencil using gouache paints. I love the intriguing shapes I created in this stencil and I think it will look good when layered on top of other stencil designs.


I wanted to experiment with scale when creating stencils too. This was a lot more challenging than I first anticipated. Here I have created small squid inspired creatures to use when layering up.


As stencils gave me clean cut shapes most of the time, I wanted to experiment with a more unpredictable approach. To create more abstract and interesting shapes I have experimented with potato stamping. I do want to experiment using lino and mono printing at some point too, so this was a starting point. I am pleased with how these have turned out and it was a nice way to create layering which I am interested in. I think to refine this idea I need to consider mono printing more as clean cut lines is an important part throughout my hypothetical design commission brief.

As previously mentioned, clean cut illustrations are a big part of my brief, I have experimented previously creating these illustrations using pencil and black ink pen. I found this to be too flat looking for my liking. I did like the control but I was considering using something more interesting and unpredictable. I have experimented using a ruling pen. This is basically a paint brush that is used like a pen. It was very unpredictable at the start. It was hard to control the thickness of lines and drops of paint falling everywhere, but after practise I thought this tool was amazing. I loved the different thicknesses that could be created and the fluidity of the drawing was really good. This flowing feel to the illustration also emphasises my water theme very well.


In my previous special techniques blog, I experimented with adding illustrations on top of my stencils using black ink pen, as previously mentioned this looking flat to, I decided to experiment with the ruling pen on top of my stencils to create the lines illustrations. I loved this effect and I think the lines created with the ruling pen as edge and live to the piece. I am going to practise further with a ruling pen to gain more control when using it so I can create my intricate designs.


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.