Apologies for being a little AWOL recently, I’ve had a lot of things going on in life but things are starting to get back to normal(ish) now and I thought it was time for another post.
Over the past month I’ve been slowly working on a new print design to go alongside the drinks series, it was inspired by a Pink G&T and I cannot tell you how happy I am with the results! You can find them here.
The process behind this print was a slightly lengthy one, so I thought I’d tell you a little about it.
Like all my lino prints the design starts as a simple pencil drawing, which I trace and transfer* onto a rubber lino block. I then go over the design in a marker pen so it doesn’t rub off so easily & get carving.
As this piece had various colours I needed to print the outline of the glass first in order to get an accurate shape for the colour which would go inside. I then carved this shape out of another lino piece. The lime wedges and berries are also carved separately, each layer is printed individually and left to dry for a couple of days before printing the next colour to avoid colour blurring. I hope you can see why it took my almost a month to complete!
I hope you found this post insightful into how my prints are made. I love the intentional nature of lino printing, it is a slow but rewarding process.
*Transfer is basically flipping the tracing paper over and re-drawing over it – very technical practice!