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Linocut weekend

I spent the weekend on a two day linocut workshop at the Ardington School of Craft near Wantage. It was run by Laura  Boswell, who is a wonderful artist and, as it proved, an equally wonderful tutor. She is a dedicated printer, specialising in linocut and Japanese woodblock printing.

I did a print of a bird of paradise first. This is a reduction process, so you cut away the block for each colour, ending up with a fixed number of prints and often a totally useless block. In this case, the final block was still quite a good outline of the bird (see the header image) which I might be able to reuse.

The second image was meant to be a Dorset seascape, but was rushed. I liked the colours, but the drawing was terrible.

Letters, words and paper 

I spent a fascinating day at the Ardington School of Craft experimenting with textual art, tutored by  Simon Sonsino. Splashing inks about and then trying to incorporate lettering /words into the result. As one whose writing is illegible even to me, this was going to be a challenge, but great fun. At one stage it involved frisbeeing inked papers around the garden to get spin patterns.