I found a number of inspiring images on Pinterest of Sculptures and these led me to this new range of prints and a new technique that I will share with you.
I wanted to get the patina of metal sculptures that rich subtle range of colours, not one of Lino’s great obvious traits, so a bit of experimenting with initially a simple drawing of a horse. I print by hand so I’m used to getting a variable print outcome and I like this so you can see above the first layer of orange, I printed this and left it for a couple of days, then with out altering the Lino I printed a second colour of Brown and then a final touch of Black
I print using Ternes buttons for registration and this allows you to lift and look at the print, re-lay it and rub down a bit more this gives you a wide range of tonal colour options and the patina I was looking for.
I used the same technique on the Hares print for the first two colours before reducing the Lino for the fur and finally the black detail on the middle hare and the eyes
Below are the final prints
These can be found on my Etsy Store
Titus Salt built Saltaire a mill and village near Shipley, this is now a world Heritage site and if you are coming north to Leeds or Bradford it’s well worth the visit. There is a permenant exhibition of David Hockney’s work – a Bradford lad, along with some great stores and an antique shop.
Titus died in 1876 and this is my tribute. All these items: the Prints, tea Towels and cards are available from a wonderful shop on the High Street just above the mill, called Radstudio – run by Gina
If you go to Saltaire take a trip up the high street as there are a number of interesting shops and cafes – even a pub called ‘Don’t tell Titus’ – he would be turning in his grave
Print, Tea Towel and card
I initially cut the Lino to make a series of open prints, then decided that it would make a nice Tea-Towel and finally a card.
Earlier for a local Saltaire makers fair I made a print of one of the lions – also available through Radstudio, the story goes that these were supposed to be the ones for Trafalgar Square, they now adorn Saltaire Town Hall, further up the High Street near Massarella’s Art Cafe – home to a number of my framed Rock Icon prints
Alice in Wonderland
The Book and the illustrations are now out of copyright – I have always been a fan of both and thought I would cut some new versions based on the original illustrations
Lino Prints onto pages from old books
Here are the 5 Lino Cuts printed on to pages from old paperback books bought on Amazon – I’m looking for the cheapest paperback book i can find as I want the pages to have yellowed – I did get one lady tick me off for destroying books – but I feel that I’m preserving part of the book, with the hope that these will inspire people to re read the original book. I am sure Lewis Carroll would understand.
These prints have sold well at the recent two craft fairs I attended.
If you follow me on Instagram you will know that I like to extend the life of the images I create into digital and other media. I have made two of them in to A6 cards and will add to these shortly. I also ran a short run of t-shirts to see if these would prove popular
I start with a photograph, bought online and played around with it in Photoshop to reduce the elements to shapes that still maintained the form of people, I have also added some of the shadows. I got a huge response on Linocut Friends when I posted the first one. This is a great facebook group. A really good source of information, advice and help on all aspects of Lino printing, along with some amazing work from all around the world.
I thought it was time I updated my business cards and decided to create a self-portrait and at the same time experiment with some colour ways.
There is a great facebook site called Linocut Friends and I used this forum to see what people thought was the most popular version, the Orange and Blue one won hands down –
But the other two shown above recieved enough votes to make me think about it. One of the suggestions on the comments was to print a quantity of business cards using the most popular designs and see how they went at the craft fairs I attend – so I have done just that.
I start with a photograph, I have a couple of APPs on my iPad that I use to work out colours and structure- what and were to cut, see some examples below – The APPs are PhotoStudio and recently Photo Lab – these are free versions – I find that these help with the planning and colour options.
I then start by making a Black and White image based on one of the above ideas and print this using a laser printer – the toner varity. I then iron this onto the Lino, if yopu paln to do this be careful as too much heat and the lino will bubble, leaving voids in the lino and this can result in bits coming away during the cutting process. Depending on the image and the Lino I end up with enough of an impression of were the main elements of the face are and use this as the basis of the drawing phase, you can see the result in the Header image – this is with the highlights already cut, the tonal areas are from the iorning process. Once I am happy with the drawing I wipe over the lino with some red Lino ink – I look at a number of the images above on my Ipad as I cut the Lino – the advantage of using the iPad is you can reverse the image so it matches the image on the Lino and increase the size of different areas to show more detail.
I often use 1 stage of the Lino cutting process to add multi colours creating masks to allow this see image 1, I used masking tape and then cut around the image to create a mask, using this to ink and then removing the mask before laying on the paper, this worked in this case as I only printed 4 different versions of each colour combination as I dont plan to print any editions of the image. Image 2 shows yellow base colour added after the orange printing. Image 3 shows the Sky Blue added after the second cut – due to the yellow underneath this has gone a little green. Image 4 shows the final darker Blue added after the last Lino Cut. Image 5 is a single colour print off the last Lino cut.
I will post an image of the Business cards once I have them
Thom Yorke Radiohead
I am a long time Radiohead fan – and this is my tribute to the lead singer Thom Yorke
This is a reduction print in 3 stages – see the header image – On the full colour print below this has 4 coulours – but the pale blue background and yellow were printed from the same plate – the second reduction was the red and the final colour a brown /black
I also printed a blue version in three shades of blue and this has had more hits on instagram than the full colour version?
I was very happy that I managed to cut the final colour in such a way as to enable me to print off a single colour print
there are 10 of teh full and Blue an there will be 20 off each of two colours in the single pass
Here are the results
These Limited edtion prints can be found on my Artfinder store
My son Tom lives and works in Australia and one of his friends runs a Madchester Event each month and he asked if I could produce some portraits of Richard Ashcroft, Liam and Noel from Oasis, Damon Albarn from Blur, Jarvis Coker form Pulp, Ian Brown from the Stone Roses and Alex Turner (although he is from Sheffield).
Here are the results
These Limited edtion prints can be found on my Artfinder store
I have produced A5 versions of some of these in two colours
These digital prints will be soon avaiable on my Etsy store
Kirkstall Abbey Multi colour print
Kirkstall Abbey is a ruined Cistercian monastery in north-west of Leeds in West Yorkshire England. It is set in a public park on the banks of the Aire River It was founded c.1152.
It was partially destroyed by Henry the 8th as part of his purge on the wealth of the Monasteries.
The picturesque ruins have been drawn and painted by the great William Turner and now my hmble attempt – this is a multi colour print based on two Lino Blocks
The first plate cut was the Black based on a Photo I took recently, then a second plate cut and printed in Blue and green – with the black then printed over the top
Where to buy
The Limited edtion prints are all available on my Artfinder page www.artfinder.com/jaggerart
I wanted to try a portrait of an animal and the Tiger Tiger print was the first one, this took about 16 hours to cut using my finest Pfeil tool to create the fine fur like effect.
After I recovered from this I cut the Leopard print in about 12 hours, I’m now looking for two more animals to make up the series
I also used the Tiger Tiger print as a digital version for a small A6 card and these and the Larger TigerTiger print sold well at the Kirkstall Art Trail recently
Were to buy
Feature in Creativpaper
I recently was contacted by the great guys at Creativpaper who have very kindly featured me on their website in February 2018 and have now added me in the June edtion of their magazine
you can see the website link here and the magazine link below
CreativPaper Issue No. 009 Vol 1:
And available in print below:
How exciting is this to be in print