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


Tiger Tiger


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

Originals of which can be found on my Artfinder page and I sell my digital prints through my Etsy store

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

Were to buy

Originals of which can be found on my Artfinder page,

I also have a selection of digital images availble on my Etsy Store here

see the gallery for more Rock Icons


Rihanna two colour print


As you will see from my website most of the images of Rock Icons are men – mostly old men – the reason – they are the people I listen to and admire and they are easier to cut using Lino because they have weathered faces. Women and young women on the other hand are harder as they have smoother skin. This print of Rihanna was an attempt to find a way of overcoming these obstacles. using the second colour to create the tonal planes on the face. I think it works? but I would be happy for you to let me know.


According to Wikipedia – Rihanna is one of the best selling artists of all time, with 230 million records sold worldwide. Rihanna is the youngest solo artist to earn Fourteen number 1 singles in the USA and has a total of thirty one top-ten singles. Among numerous awards Rihanna has won nine Grammy’s twelve American Music Awards and twelve 12 billboard Awards. Furthermore. Rihanna received the Fashion Icon lifetime achievement award from the in 2014. In 2012, Forbes ranked her the fourth most powerful celebrity, while Time Magazine her on the annual list of the most influential people in the world..


A true superstar and a great role model for women

You can buy from here Artfinder



David Bowie


One of my heros, from the early days as Ziggy, through the dance period and my alltime favorite the Berlin period. I started with a small 10cm x 15cm Lino of the famous finger pose, folllowed this with a bigger version and a number of people at craft fairs asked for a Ziggy image, so I cut one of these.


There are three versions of the small Lino print of Bowie, Black on white, Black on Blue stock and the latest a digital A5 version in Blue and Black, the larger A4 version has more detail and I have two versions a straight forward black only and a Blue and black one printed on a sheet of Bowie music, these are really Monoprints as each one is printed slightly differently and on a different song sheet.



The Third image of Bowie was a request from the people I met at Craft fairs, so the prints above are now available, when cutting a multi plate Lino – in this case two a red and a blue one of them the red plate also worked as a single colour print. This is unusual as in most cases the top Lino is the one that is cut first and used to position  the others – but in this case the red Lino was cut first and the Blue after.


Were to buy

Originals of which can be found on my Artfinder page, Limited Edition prints are here

The Digital prints of the Blue and Black print in the Black frame and a smaller A5 digital print of Ziggy can be bought from my Etsy Store here


see the gallery for more Rock Icons


Eric Clapton Acoustic print

This is my largest print to date measuring about 75cm wide by 65cm high- if anybody knows a good supplier of larger Lino please let me know. I planned this using 3 sheets of Lino and tried to hide the joins in the printing see below. Eric Clapton is god like in his ability to play the guitar and his solo material, the bands he has played in and just the tracks he played on for other artists show a huge amount of musical craft. This is my tribute.


The Process

I will cover the getting the image onto Lino in another post – but I start by ironing the image onto the Lino from a laser print – one I have worked on in Photoshop. This gives you a rudimentary position of the elements of the image – after this I was the Lino with a permanent ink and then draw over the top. Once this is done I start the cutting process. I always start with the eyes and main facial features, progressing to the other elements until complete


From left to right: 3 Lino’s with red ink and line drawing, first cut, second cutting and final head with hair



I wanted the final print to me multi coloured and the first set of Lino was for the final black plate – this was used to print onto tracing paper and then this was used to transfer the image to a new set of Lino – registration is key here so take your time – I then cut the second set of 3 plates ( I will add an image soon to show you both sets) Once the second set is cut you can start printing – I had to wait a week because I didn’t have paper big enough. I am experimenting with using 1 set of Lino’s to multi print – mainly because Im lazy and also don’t want to waste loads of Lino – The main reason though is that I want to create a more painterly image and multi colours on one Lino gives you this process. On this image I used two yellows, three skin tones and two blues.


From left to right: face in two yellow ochre skin tones and a brown, the skin colours were applied using a roller and the brown using a small foam brush, the guitar was a yellow and a red/yellow, the Blues were added on a second pass using the same Lino, I use Tern buttons for registration. the final image is the black plate from the first set of Lino


The final test prints

As you will see from the three test images below the process is experimental, The join line between the 3 bits of Lino was more evident and I hand added ink on both the colour section and the final black print using a small bit if Lino dipped in ink. By varying the pressure using a barren and a wooden spoon you can get a wide range of tonal inking. Out of the three I prefer the head and guitar of two but the hands and blue in three.


From left to right: Proof 1 Ok but lost the arm definition of 3 and the shadow under the chin is too dark, Proof 2 has the best face but the jacket is not as nice, Proof 3 has the painter type finish I was trying to achieve. When I do a print run i will aim to get the best from 2 and 3

I will also look at a smaller head only print and a short series in shades of Blue


Were to buy

Originals of which can be found on my Artfinder page: I will post one on the next print run – Because this is so big I will plan to do a digital print at A3 size and I sell my digital prints through my Etsy store



Images of the lino used to create the final Hendrix print

Guitar greats banner

Hendrix Lino print

This is in effect a monoprint of Hendrix as each print is unique as I have added multi colours to a single sheet of Lino which has then been printed over a base of yellow gold


I was trying to attempt a more painted process- the two linocuts are visable in the header the back one being the main black or multi colour plate and the front one being the yellow base colour

Hendrix was an inspired guitarist. He pioneered using amplifiers creating unique distorted sound with feedback pushing the guitar and the sounds in totally new directions. His records still sound amazing today. He led the way inspiring a whole new world of guitar playing.


Were to buy

Originals of which can be found on my Artfinder page, The original Monoprint is here

The image at the end is  a larger digital print of one of the Monoprints – you can see the size difference in the image above the front image is a monoprint and the image behind is the Digital print these can be bought from my Etsy Store here


see the gallery for more Rock Icons

Wall mounted framed print of Hendrix

Framed Hendrix print

Digital prints of Rock icons


Having seeen how good the digital image of the Sgt peppers Fab 4 was – I have added these four colourful Rock Icon characters to my list of available prints

these are A5 on a heavy gloss paper and are available from My Etsy page above digital prints of Bowie, Jagger, Keith and Leonard are all based on an original linoprint hand cut by Steve Bennett

Were to buy

Originals of which can be found on my Artfinder page, The Bowie original is here

I will do a longer post on the last image, this was from a request – following a trend on Instagram to do a ‘best 9 of 2017’ I put together my favorite 9 rock icons and a number of people asked if I could do a print – this was my first Digital print also on Etsy



Local Art Cafe in Saltaire features Rock Icons


If you are local to Leeds why not pop into Masserella’s Art Cafe in Saltaire

Ellen the owner would be delighted to see you and at the same time you can view a number of my linoprints hanging on the wall

The coffee and food is excellent and the staff are lovely


Not been to Saltaire – you are missing a real treat

Saltaire Village is near Bradford in West Yorkshire, England. It is named after Sir Titus Salt who built a textile mill, known as Salts Mill and this village on the River Aire. Designed by architects, Lockwood and Mawson, Salts Mill was opened on Sir Titus Salt’s 50th birthday, 20 September 1853. In December 2001, Saltaire was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Apart from the main Mill building, offering a permenant

Take a look at saltairevillage

Apart from the main Mill building, offering a permanent David Hockney exhibition, shops and a great bookstore,

the high street offers a number of gift shops Radstudio! being my favorite – a great place to find a unusual gift – they stock a couple of my prints as well


The Beatles – Sgt Pepper

This is my tribute the the fab 4 as Sgt Pepper and the release on the 26 May 1967 of their commercial and critical successful album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,  On release, the album was lauded by the vast majority of critics for its innovations in music production, songwriting and graphic design,

This series of 4 portraits is based on the album

Each member of the Beatles in mock military outfits:

John in Yellow

Paul in Blue

George  in Orange

and Ringo in pink

The iconic album cover conceived and created by Peter Blake the english Pop Artist, set the beatles with their mustaches and shiny mock band uniforms, alongside their suited, mop-topped wax statues and surrounded by cardboard cutouts of cultural figures like Fred Astaire, Edgar Allen Poe, W. C. Fields, Dylan, Marlene Dietrich and  Shirley Temple. The music was a blend of modern music and musichall sounds.


Where to buy

The 4 Limited edtion prints are all available on my Artfinder page

The image at the end is a Digital Print based on the original prints above and is available from My Etsy page