After enjoying doing The Old Post Office I decided to do a mixed media version of The Village Shop in East Hendred. All the black Tudor wooden structures are to be done as a lino-cut. I have now finally tried proper lino instead of that green vinyl that I blogged about in My First Lino Cut. (the green you can see is just my cutting mat) Everyone had said that lino is so hard to work with and that it needs to be warmed and that the green vilyl is much softer and easier.
I found that the biggest problem with the green vinyl is that you can’t draw your image onto it accurately because there seems to be no really good way opf transferring an image. That’s okay if you are free-cutting and don’t need registration. The hardness of the lino was not a problem for me as I had my hair-drier next to me to warm it up periodically. Admittedly I have fab Swiss tools.
Here is my drawing and my trials. I will print the lino cut onto watercolour paper using lino ink and then stretch the paper to do the watercolour part. Because I love lettering, there will also be some text.