‘The design was worked out and drawn onto paper the same size as the lino block. With a Sharpie marker I went over the final drawing to make it easier to see when transferring to the lino block. To make it easier to see the image and cut marks on the red lino I painted the surface with a watered down white acrylic paint.’
‘Using compressed charcoal I rubbed over the front of the drawing, turned it over and taped it into place onto the lino. Then I traced the image onto the lino using a pen.’
‘Using a Sharpie marker I went over the traced image. This will remain on the lino in-between each layer and won’t wash off. Using a watered down green acrylic I painted in the areas I want to cut away first. Although time consuming, this makes sure you don’t cut away the wrong bits as in your mind you’re only cutting the green bits away.’
‘Using Intaglio Printmakers litho/relief printing ink I mixed the first colour, a pale creamy yellow, which I applied to the entire block. I printed the first layer on Simili Japon 130gsm paper. The areas to remain this colour (the bands on the stems), were then cut away ready for the next layer.’
‘Using small rollers, 2cm and 5cm wide, I mixed up three different greens. Concentrating on the plant and top of pot area I did an overall light green and then added darker greens to certain stems, beginning the build-up of tone and depth in the design. For the next layer some of the stems were cut away. Mixing a dark green, only some of the stems were inked up and printed.’
‘At this stage I decided the plant was looking too dark so a couple of light greens were mixed and applied to give more tone and depth. At this point the plant section of the lino was complete and cut away.’
‘I mixed and printed a blue for the pot. The inside of the pot was now complete and cut away. A lighter blue was then mixed and printed.’
‘To make the stripes, the areas to remain the lighter blue were cut away. A lighter blue was then mixed and printed.’
‘You can see how the lino has been completely cut away after the pot was completed.’
Haworthia Fasciata, reduction lino print, (59.5x42cm)
‘A very pale blue was mixed and printed and the print was complete’
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Kerry Day has a BA (Hons) in ceramics and an MA in multi-disciplinary printmaking from the University of the West of England (UWE), Bristol. She has participated in many exhibitions, art fairs and art trails.