The First Cuts

3 May

workers 3

Yesterday I posted about setting up to develop a linocut print while I was gallery-sitting at The Workers Gallery in Ynyshir. After I did an interim sketch from my original sketchbook drawing of a Neolithic standing stone, I transferred it (in reverse) to a piece of vinyl with a white conté crayon. I’m using vinyl rather than lino because it’s softer and easier to cut and also because it’s so much cheaper. I find that I get very inhibited when I use expensive materials and I want to be free and a bit experimental with this – I don’t want to get precious about it.

workers 4

I’m not going to cut a lot away at first, I’ve ruined a lot of blocks that way. I’m going to cut in stages and take proof prints as I go along to inform any more cutting that needs to be done. I’m aiming for a rough, simple, expressionist style. Here’s the first stage cut, inked up with a cheap water-based printing ink, waiting to be printed by hand using a plastic baren.



I have put my series of drawings en plein air of ancient Welsh monuments on Artfinder.  If you want to see more, please click on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page. This one is the legendary grave of Saint Elfys (Elvis) in Pembrokeshire, not for from the Presceli Mountains. Elfys? Presceli? Elvis Presley? Coincidence? hhhmmmm

St Elvis

4 Responses to “The First Cuts”

  1. Rosie Scribblah May 5, 2017 at 06:51 #

    Thanks Gale, I appreciate talking art with someone else who does it. A lot of people don’t realise how hard it is.

  2. paperstew May 4, 2017 at 01:00 #

    Those first cuts are always hard to make, at least for me! Knowing you, it will turn out amazing. 🙂

    • Rosie Scribblah May 4, 2017 at 03:28 #

      Oh they are incredibly difficult, that’s why I am switching wherever possible to cheaper materials, without compromising on quality.

      • paperstew May 4, 2017 at 04:13 #

        Smart move! I love seeing your progress!

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