About printmaking

Each print is handmade and, therefore, each print is unique.  While every care is taken to represent the prints accurately on this website some variation in colour and printing may occur.  Also, when photographing prints it is not always possible to get a true representation of colour.  If you have any questions please ask.

So, what is my printing process (it, like me, is constantly evolving!):

  1. Get inspired 

  2. Sketch up how I want the print to look

  3. Finalise the image

  4. Invert the image and transfer onto the lino block

  5. Carve, carve, carve

  6. Check, check, check

  7. Create the desired colour using printmaking inks (I really like Caligo and Schminke inks)

  8. Apply ink evenly to the lino block

  9. Print onto chosen paper (I am developing a love of expensive printing papers and enjoying experimenting with different papers, dampness and ink)

  10. Leave to dry for up to 7 days

  11. Check, edition and sign


Small Tools make a big difference

I really like using Pfeil tools from Switzerland - they are comfortable for prolonged carving sessions

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Let's get rolling

I once brought an over-sized roller back in my luggage from a trip to the US.  I'm sure the security guys looked at me strangely.  Worth it though - the brayer (roller) you use makes a huge difference to ink coverage.

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The best feeling

Putting ink onto the block for the first time is a great feeling - the image reveals itself.  It's definitely my favourite 'bit'.