LIne transfer print of yellow moth

This week I’ve been thinking about my line work as part of Penelope Dullaghan‘s Sketchbook Skool klass. This 6 week kourse with SBS is called ‘Expressing’, and Penelope encouraged us to try different ways of expressing ourselves using a few mechanical printing techniques.

The two that I’ve tried so far are a line transfer technique, which involves laying down some flat colour before adding the line work on top, using tracing paper to transfer the black ink. This produces imperfect line work and it can feel a bit unpredictable at first while you figure out how the ink responds but it was really fun and something I’ll be trying again.

Blue pigeon lino print.

The second technique I tried was to make a drawing and carve it from lino to create a rubber stamp. Again, you can’t fully control the end result but it’s fun to play around with and I really enjoyed doing something other than drawing, something a bit more ‘crafty’.

There are a couple of other methods I plan to try so I’ll report back on those when I’ve had a go at them.

Not being fully in control of the prints I made was good for me because I have a tendency to want things to be perfect. I was very slightly tempted to start my moth print again almost as soon as I’d started but I stuck with it and was pleased with the final image.

As much as I try to embrace my wobbly drawings and paint splodges, printing my work really pushed me to just give up that need for perfection, for a while at least.