It’s funny that, if you’re not careful, you can get set in your ways. I’ve always used the brown linoleum for my lino prints. I tried using the soft stuff but found it too difficult to control my cutting so I’ve always stuck with the brown stuff.
When I started following other artists’ blogs, I kept seeing this light grey version. So, as my supplies of the brown stuff have started to reduce, I decided to purchase some of the light grey lino. It took me a few clicks of the mouse to find this grey version on T N Lawrence Art Supplies. So, what’s the difference? (I hear you ask).
Well, for me the biggest difference is that I’ve not had to warm up the grey lino before I start carving which you always have to do with the brown lino, so it has several plus points. 1. I don’t have to use electricity to heat up my state of the art hot plate, aka the iron (money saving). 2. I don’t have to wait until it’s heated to get started (time saving). 3. It seems to be easier to cut into (less effort). So all things considered, it’s a winner. If you can afford it, it’s even more economical to buy in a roll. All you have to do then is spend some time cutting up your blocks. That can be a little tricky as Gail Broadholt explains on her blog.
So, don’t always do what you’ve always done. Always search out new ways of working that make it better for you.