Sometimes when in the flow painting areas between the inky black outlines, I think of my lino prints as simply a vehicle for colour – but they’re more than that!
Live Bold List 44: 7 Unexpected Things to Love About Lino Prints
- The lino printing block is sometimes referred to as a ‘matrix’ – that tickles my fancy! I’m not sure if I qualify as a fully fledged SciFi nerd, but I’m on that track.
- The process simply can’t be rushed. The sequence must be adhered to and taken at the pace it can be taken! Great reminder for life!
- That very chronology of steps forces me to keep my idea & ‘message’ clear and …
- … the design well-planned to be simple and direct
- The graphic spectacle of peeling the print off the block and seeing it the other way around after all that work. The wonder doesn’t fade!
- Carving is fun in it’s own right. I like manoeuvering the lino tools to create the shapes I’ve planned.
- Backwards writing is really fun to plan out. I love the way I get to flip and imagine the backwards to make the forwards inside my head. I loved letterpress printing at Graphic Design school too.
- Bonus point: Lino printing is a wonderful lesson in embracing imperfection … Learn it! Live it! Love it! Another reminder of an important life lesson!
More lino print references you might enjoy – including an upcoming class I’m teaching in Adelaide, South Australia
Recently I pondered here on my blog “Is a Lino Print even proper original art?” You can guess what I concluded, right?
If any of this inspires you to give lino printing a try, I’ve a class coming up in Adelaide, South Australia! Click this to learn more. Click here to book. There’s a maximum of just 8 per session. Book for the full series of 3 sessions and save!
Maybe I’ll see you in lino print class – I’d like that, this stuff is really fun to share!
Love Meg x o