I start by drawing the image onto the lino block ‘in reverse’. This is because the name and numbers on the boat will appear as a mirror image of the block as they are printed.
1. Having cut away the area I wish to remain white the block is rolled over with a thin layer of light grey ink. This is then printed.
2. I then cut away the areas I want to keep grey. The lino block is again rolled, this time with light blue – for the sky, the shading on the boat, and for the lighter tone on the water. This is then printed.
3. Again cutting away to keep the areas of light blue, the image is inked with strips of colour using thin rollers for orange, yellow and pink. It is printed for the third time.
4. I again cut away to retain the colours I want. After inking the block I print another thin layer of dark brown for the wood on the boat.
5. I continue with this this process, reducing the lino block every time I cut away. My final thin layer of colour is dark blue – for the tops of the buoys, the ropes, the tyre, the shadow on the wood of the boat, and for the final texture of the water.
6. Once the print is dry it is signed, ‘Flora Jane – Flags and Buoys’, and numbered, 11/22. For this image I produced an edition of twenty two prints this one being the eleventh in the run.
7. The remaining block shows that there is very little left of the original lino. This linocut was produced using the ‘reduction method’ – the block being cut away progressively every time a new colour was added.
The prints are then ‘window mounted’ or framed for exhibiting and selling.
Janice Earley | Artist | Printmaker | Illustrator