Soft Cut

So I’ve only very recently rediscovered lino cutting – and I love it.  There is something so very therapeutic about hand carving the design and textures.  I’ve been using a couple of different types of soft cut – which I find much easier to handle than the hard grey hessian backed lino that we used back in school.  I suspect that you get  a better, more consistent result from the hard grey stuff – but as I’m just re-learning how to work with this material the softer squidgier stuff feels easier to carve into (and I definitely seem to have less cuts and finger scrapes this time around).  Here is a sneak look at the blocks that I’ve cut to create the below prints.

I have  final little confession.  I’ve been using a wooden handled cutter that I found buried deep in a drawer – and thinking back, I suspect I might have filched it from my secondary school back in the 80’s.  Oops.  Think I might owe them an apology…


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