People Series

There is an artist called Geoffrey Johnson that I much admire and I wanted to look at a series of prints inspired by him but using Lino printing.



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 then print these out using a laser toner printer and iron them onto the Grey linoleum – you need to be careful as it can damage the Lino – you can get air pockets which make carving dificult. I then carve and as you can see from the 1st one, the second and third have better reflections. From advice I recieved on Linocut Friends – have been using a Ghost technique on the reflections.
You ink as normal and then using scrap paper you remove some of the ink – I print by hand so I was careful to only lightly rub these areas so the they remain lighter in colour to the main people images.
The yellow ochre colour in the background is achieved by roller inking through a papermask (a rectangular hole in the Paper). The lines and shapes in the background are created by the roller and a happy accident of the cut lines on the board I laid the paper on to carry out the inking, the soft edge to the yellow areas is part of the masking process.
Because the surface pattern and inking is hand done – each print is allthough part of the series – unique. I have one more to print in this first series.
I also really like the pattern in the background so I’m planning to try this in a more planned way


Self- Portrait

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

Digital versions

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


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