Driving past a field near Wingfield at the start of the weekend, I stopped to watch a ploughing match.
There were tractors but it was the shire horse which caught my eye.
The ploughing match
Two of the the shire horses
The whole household was busy so it was my intention to design and cut this on Saturday or Sunday.
Starting with a water colour sketch
Sketched out onto lino and cut.
However, my plans changed.
We basked in warm sun as Easter Monday took on a holiday air.
There was no way I was to spend all day inside!
Click here to see the video.
Noticing some unusually busy activity in Pete’s usually quiet field, I had to pull over and see what was going on.
The casual observer might think all farming practise here in the West Country remains firmly in the past with all the beautifully majestic shire horses who were effortlessly pulling a plough across a strip of land.
Of course there were tractors dong their thing too, but the horses are not a common sight and so it is these which caught my eye.
These horses are obviously kept by people who love them as I am sure no-one uses them instead of a tractor.
Each pair seemed knew each other well and worked in tandem as they made their way the short distance along the previous furrow, their brasses shining despite the lack of sun.
If you re a technophile – here’s a tractor for you. Don’t say I’m unable to keep up with cutting edge technology. :)
Happy Easter X
The usual shop I buy my bits and bobs from has closed down and I am just starting to run out of the things I use to get from them; namely the white pen I use to sketch out designs onto my soft cut lino.
So I thought I’d found a new one – but it was trouble!
Click here to see the video.
There’s also a little competition you can enter to win the resulting tote bag. :)
Lino cut print base on a Shakespeare quotation.
To celebrate the start of our new blog
we’ve got some pretty (and useful)
offers for the summer.
Three cards (Blank inside) selected for summer.
These three cards have been selected for their summer or seaside theme and are blank inside for your own message.
Each one comes wrapped with a natural brown envelops made from recycled material.
100% cotton tote bag hand-printed with summer designs PLUS three summer themed cards. Card are blank for you own message.
BAG ONE – FRONT AND REVERSE (SHOWN WITH THE THREE CARDS INCLUDED IN OFFER).
The tote bags are made from 100% cotton and may be machine washed at 40 degrees.
TOTE BAG TWO
TOTE BAG DESIGN TWO
TOTE BAGS DESIGN THREE
A friend suggested putting my new lino cut designs on tote bags.
If you have seen my previous post you will already know about them.
They are all hand printed using Hawthorne relief printing inks rolled on a design hand cut by me.
(There is a short video of me in the workshop making them).
Well, here they are; the first trial prints of the four designs, and for a very reasonable price! :)
One has been test-driven today, and it passed with flying colours.
I found the good thing about these is they fold easily into a hand bag; they hold quite a bit of shopping or folders (art work in my case) and, being cotton, they are a natural product.
So much better than the ubiquitous plastic carrier.
Here they are on wix to buy directly from me. X
Do you remember the square prints I posted about recently?
Well, this is what I did with them next.
First off, the ink printed from the previous session was set and washed.
(Sounds like a hairstyle my Nan used to have). :)
Being pleased with how the calico took the oil-based relief printing ink, I bought in some blank tote bags and cut a fresh design based on another few words I really like; this time from the Beatles song,
Tomorrow Never Knows
‘But listen to the colour of your dreams
It is not leaving, it is not leaving’
Do we dream in colour? I think so.
Liking the ‘not black’ colour of the ink, the same colour (with the occasional tiny tweak) has been used for each design.
Want to see more?
Here’s a short You Tube video :)
Oh, and if you want to buy one, here we go, the web site.
I was asked to make an introduction video
by a new host.
Don’t worry, I’ve kept it short and put in lots of pretty pictures and sounds. :)
Using Hawthorne relief printing inks, I took three new lino cuts and printed them onto calico.
First I needed to wash the material to remove the coating, which is designed to keep the material stiff.
I noticed that despite machine washing at a 30 degree C, the calico also changed shape a little, so it is wise to wash prior to printing for this reason alone.
These are the two lino cuts which I think have already been posted about.
The fish lino was finished cutting at 11:45 Tuesday night ready for the Wednesday workshop session.
Why do things always seem to be left until the last minute?
I really enjoy the lightly softer edges on the lines when printed on calico and the way the weave is just apparent when viewed closely.
The next thing is to iron the reverse of the material to help set the ink.
Then, I am going to put them through the washing machine (gulp)!
Have a feeling I will be gritting my teeth for the full washing cycle!
For International Women’s Day
The designing, cutting and proof printing of a lino cut.
Inspirational words with turn of the century images.