Carving Blocks And Charcoal At The Castle

15 Jun

Lockcook 1

Today was pretty productive. I inked, traced and transferred seven texts onto little lino blocks and cut two of them. These are part of my series of words and phrases I’ve written down through the course of the Covid19 pandemic, from the first day of lockdown. Eventually, I’ll be printing them onto home-made cotton masks.

Lockcook 2

It was really hot and dry so Husb and I waited until early evening before we went down to our allotment. I did a quick sketch before we left the site, of Oystermouth Castle and it’s grounds using Winsor & Newton willow charcoal into a Khadi sketchbook.

4 oystermouth

I like working across two pages, especially with square sketchbooks. I take a can of fixative with me when I draw with charcoal, it’s manky and the drawing would smudge badly without being fixed.



5 Responses to “Carving Blocks And Charcoal At The Castle”

  1. paperstew June 16, 2020 at 17:21 #

    I should read more closely… I did see that they’re heading for facemasks.

    • Rosie Scribblah June 16, 2020 at 19:38 #

      Yes, I’m doing a list of words and phrases that are coming to the fore throughput the pandemic lockdown, tracking the changes in mood in the nation I guess. I’ll carve the blocks and print onto facemasks but not sure what I’m going to do with them then. I might have around 90 so it’s going to be a challenge how to exhibit them – why couldn’t I do something simple? 😀

      • paperstew June 17, 2020 at 00:15 #

        I can see them on a wall with simple face forms to help spread the mask out.
        Do something simple? What fun is that??!! 🙂

  2. paperstew June 16, 2020 at 17:19 #

    I’m so impressed with all the Lino work you’re doing. Are they all destined for fabric prints?The castle charcoal is lovely. 💕

    • Rosie Scribblah June 17, 2020 at 12:10 #

      hahaha you’re right. When I do simple things I get bores. I was wondering about stitching them all together eventually, quilt-style.Face forms sounds great, but I’m not sure how I might approach that – papier mache maybe? Hmmmm….

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