I’ve been making artists books for the last few months and am finally putting this one in my Folksy Shop.
I’ve made this book using a ‘blizzard fold’ which is a great fold if you want to create a sculptural book. This book has an inclination to stay open, so I’ve put a ribbon in so that it can be tied closed.
Books are very tactile and it’s great to be able to touch artwork rather than just look at it.
This print is just a little bit bigger than A3 so there has been lots of cutting. So many stones! I have to say though that I am very pleased with this first proof. A small amount of tweeting and it’ll be ready to edition.
I’ve used caustic soda to create the hills surrounding Mupe Bay and it’s certainly achieved a great tonal effect.
The colour is spot on too. This is Ocean Blue by Intaglio Printmakers and it’s such a rich blue.
I hope this print makes you think of faraway places that have wonderful history underneath the layers of soil that we walk on. Of times gone by when other creatures roamed the world. Of wonder.
I’ve been so wrapped up with #DrawingAugust (see, it even gets itself into this post!), that I’ve neglected my next Lino print – Fox. I’ll think of a snappier title when it’s finished.
He’s now back out on the table and the break has actually been a good thing. I’ve had lots of time to think about how this will look at the end, what I’m trying to achieve and that’s really important because once you cut, that’s it. There’s no going back, only starting over again.
I’m still going to keep this as one colour, which will probably be black. So now it’s time to transfer the design to the Lino and just get on with it.