Linocuts – more than cutting white

Lino Blocks for Wine Labels
Lino Blocks for Wine Labels

On a basic level, a linocut is a stamp, you cut away the white areas and the remaining areas are inked up and printed.

But it’s so much more than that.

This image shows the lino blocks I made a couple of years ago for a series of wine labels for Journey Wines  I really enjoyed making the artwork for this project, there is something very satisfying about the process of carving lino. It is so physical in this digital world, connecting you to centuries of printmaking.

More than just carving away the white areas. Linocut is about finding a mark that describes the essence that subject.  So you are carving away the white areas of  water with a different mark than you are carving away grass, clothing differently from skin. Like mark-making in drawing, brush-marks in painting the carved mark becomes an expression of the subject matter. I have been making Linocuts for over 20 years and I just need one more person for my Linocut workshop held in Ubud Bali to go ahead 8th – 15th January 2017.

Find out about my Bali workshop here

See my Linocuts from the Understanding Alice Exhibition here

See my Linocuts for wine labels here

Here is the video I made before the 2015 workshop, ignore the dates all the other info is relevant to our 2017 trip, love for you to join me.

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