So, with several pages of sketches in front of me, the responding and designing begins. I’m look for simple shapes that will work well as emblems to repeat. The leaves below were transformed from a loose sketch into a more abstract yet concise shape that can be easily cut into the lino block. At each stage in the process refinements are made as it evolves into an emblem ready to be repeated.
With this more complex pattern (below) I’ve embellished the original sketch with leaves and swirls to give it a more stylised look. Making a rubbing onto tracing paper gives me an idea of what it will look like when printed – more gouging out is needed if I don’t want the surrounding ‘rays’ to appear.
I was really taken by this plant! Lino cutting by nature simplifies forms but sometimes a simple copy is effective. I intend to try an inverted lino cut of this image too. It’s important to remember that the reverse will always appear when printed; drawings can be outlined (as above) as well as carved out (as below).
When creating emblems, as opposed to artwork, cutting out the whole design ensures a smooth and simple shape. These can then be glued onto pieces of wood to create stamps.
Finally, after a lovely few hours sketching, tracing and cutting I have a set of blocks ready to use. Next step printing!