My third foray into lino cutting and printing is an homage to the iconic Volkswagen T25 campervan. More to the point…an homage, and possible means of making accessories for and decorating our iconic Volkswagen T25 campervan. After all…it is extremely hard to find things with pictures of T25s on… people seem to only make Items with Split screen vans and Bays on them, which are lovely and everything, but not right for us.
This is the one:
I followed the same process as in my last post, and used a photo as the basis for the cut and then transferred it to lino, or in this case soft-cut material which is a plastic version.
Work in progress…
And the finished product…
I had a go at something different this time too. I tried out printing on to fabric. I know if I want to donfabric I will need specialist fabric ink but I wanted to see what it looked like 🙂
I like them, I am considering making canvas bags with the design on, once I have sourced the correct materials.
After my initial reasonably successful foray into the world of lino cutting and printing, I decided I wanted to try something more ambitious…
The only tiny disadvantage I could think of when it came to this was the fact that I can’t draw very well…I can do abstract, and I can do patterns and I can see pictures, I just can’t make my hand put them down the way I want…so I came up with an alternate plan…I decided to use my photos, process them until I can only see outlines then transfer them to lino 😀
These are the two I used for my first experimentation…
Transferring them to lino wasn’t as easy as I anticipated, I eventually settled on the “press really hard with biro then fill in the groove” method which I am sure is not a recognised one but it worked!
This is what the transfer / cutting process looks like.
And this is the outcome…
I learned a few things from this, firstly I need to work on not pressing quite as hard when i am cutting the lino, my lines come out a little bit think in quite a lot of places. Secondly I think that the photo of fewer beach huts works better, I think this is because it has greater tonal variation and interest in the photo. I was convinced it would be the other one repetition works very well as a photo…
It is good to try these things and learn for next time 😀
I love doors and doorways… It is something of a current obsession of mine…So I have started a photo project looking at doors and doorways and gates 🙂
I am hoping to take it into other media too, I think doors and gates would lend themselves to lino cutting very well, they could be my first ventures into cyanotype printing…
So what is it about doorways I hear you asking…well, they are fascinating. Don’t you ever wonder what lies beyond a door? It is the door that finally completes the barrier you erect with the walls of your house, it is the door that allows you and other people to pass between your domain and the real world!
A closed door or an unexplored gateway is a mystery, it is the entrance to a potential new world! Who know what goes on behind it!
Last summer a friend and I went on an embroidery course run by the Royal School of Needlework in Hampton Court on the outskirts of London. It was an excellent day where I learned some stitches i didn’t know already and how to start and finish and generally embroider the Royal School of Needlework way! Don’t get me wrong…I will never be as good as the graduates of the School who often go on to work on royal wedding dresses and other such things but it was certainly interesting to get an insight into how they worked.
On the day I started a piece of embroidery that I got to take away to finish…and earlier this year I finished it…ok I know it should not have taken quite that long but i have a lot of things going on at the same time.
Here is the finished product…
Now I have to figure out the best way to mount and display it in my house 🙂
next project based on these new skills is to design my own piece of embroidery. I am thinking
embroidered versions of patterns like this…this will take some thinking about..