I’ve Started to cut away at the lino to leave my print design. This is probably the most labour intensive part of the process as you tend to spend a long time doing this, hunched over the lino. I always need to take plenty of breaks otherwise my neck and shoulders hurt after a while.
I’ve also started messing around with colours for the background, trying to achieve some sort of dawn or dusk state. I love mixing colours from the tubes, very rarely do I use them in their pure form. It’s great to play around and see the change as you add slightly more of one colour and then maybe add a third.
I’ve bought only a small number of colours as I like to mix them. So I stick to a range of the primary colours in both warm and cool – this gives me six. Then I add some staples like burnt umber, yellow ochre and raw sienna. Finally, I have two blacks, a rich bright black and then a dull black.
I didn’t get much colour experiments done today as I left it late and then the darkness came. I now realise that I really do need to get more organised. I only have a small amount of time available and less so now that the winter has come. So, off to plan next week to make sure there’s lots of printing time available.