Friday, 11 March 2016

Lino Friday...

I think we all understand creative obsessions
 and I have been known to give in to mine more often than I can count
 but I have actually shown restraint in the latest one
 It shocks the socks off me that I have managed to do it
 but it turns out I can actually not drop everything and plunge headlong into whatever creative whim takes my fantasy, but to be honest now that I know I can do it
 I probably won't need to go down that road again
 I can return to being having a glorious case of attention deficit... oooo paint

This latest obsession all started when we were on holidays recently
I bought a couple of gorgeous lino prints to bring home
in fact it was amazing that I didn't buy about twenty as this work was just perfect
and from that moment on I have been thinking about wanting to do a few lino prints
I hunted down my tools and brayer and all that as soon as we arrived home
only to find tools had rusted, brayer had a big dent in it
and the ink had dried so hard it was like something the centre of the world had coughed up
so off to the art supply I go
which had nothing
then another one... nada again
finally third time lucky and I got some stuff
I was so happy I took off out of the store and home to the studio like my duds were on fire
the joy of it all was almost too much and I happily pulled out this sketch which had been rattling away in the back of the old noggin as a likely opening subject

But then of course all sorts of things got in the way
the epic de-clutter of 2016 Part 1 took place
playing with Barry the cat takes up a silly amount of time
the great wall of washing had grown exponentially every time I walked past the laundry
contemplating my toenails even took precedence at one point
what can I say... I have a wonky big toenail which is just weirding me out
Of course then illustration jobs started mounting up
a commission was taxing the brain
not to mention getting Delicious Paint up and running was going to be epic
but despite some growing stress levels
my brain just kept going back to lino
so I decided to do the delayed gratification thing
and tell myself I could do some lino when all some of those things was done

So today was the day
Some illustrations had gone out this week
prints packaged and sent
commission contemplated at least
and Delicious Paint is up and running and filled with all sorts of wonderful people
so I sat down this morning and drew up
quickly carved and then printed this sucker
such fun... harder than I remember and I need some serious practice
but totally worth the wait

In fact I am going to go and hunt through the sketchbooks for my next subject
happy painting all...xx

PS if you want to come and join us in Delicious Paint


Giggles said... converse runners and this is amazing... love your determination... rewarding yourself with this carving project is way better than the donuts my friends and I used to finish our housework when our kids were little!

Hugs Giggles

Kate Robertson said...

What fun lino prints you've been making, love the shoe. Happy PPF

Ritu Dua said...

That looks super amazing :0

Christine said...

Lovely linocut work Tracey!

Jennifer McLean said...

Yup, lino printing, been there, done that, almost bled to death, lol. Although it was kinda funny to watch my eighth grade art teacher nearly hyperventilate as I bled all over the art room floor. I told her to sit down and put her head between her knees. Oh the precociousness of a thirteen year old. I'm so totally "Oh look, a chicken" about every new art craze, thank god I'm a little afraid of that carver thing, I still have a scar on my right thumb, lol. Besides when I read your post to mom she looked straight at me and said, "NO". She's totally blaming you if lino printing makes it's way to my birthday wish list. Ahhh, she knows me so well. Still there's the offer for her to fly over and totally declutter your herd. Kill two birds with one stone, I say. She can thin YOUR herd and I then get to keep mine. ;o) I think it works out perfectly.

sirkkis said...

They are super drawings.
Happy PPF xx

Sandy said...

What a fun lino print I remember doing those at school they were always fun.
Happy PPF 6th birthday celebration..
Vicki-Ann :)

Anonymous said...

Love that lino and your passion!

Laila said...

Why am I not surprised by the beauty of this, everything you touch seem to turn into - I don't know if GOLD is the right word but I'll say that anyway. Gold creator, not bad eh?

Neesie said...

Fantastic lino trainer. I love it.
I watch the landscape artist of the year on tv a wee while back and a lino artist was a finalist. It was fascinating to watch. I've often thought about having a go. It's great that you give yourself treats like this, because that's what I'm doing this year. I'm now managing to paint far more by using this method. Only I'm not sure I've got the chore/treat ratio right yet.
Congratulations on the successful launch of your Delicious Paint classes. I never doubted it for a minute.

Just promise me one thing Trace... please don't illustrate your toenail! :/

My name is Erika. said...

OOO! Looks like someone has had some fun this week!

Linda Kunsman said...

love how you treat yourself-with making more art:):) Great job on the lino print!

Indira said...

Great linocut. I do some stamp carving but not linocut. Always worried that it will lead to repetitive stress injury. But your shoe is done well

Faye said...

Tracey, this is amazing! My one venture into this type art was Art 101 in college. I was glad I escaped without any real damage to my hands from the tools. You are so multi-talented! I'm so glad you share your talents with us here at PPF.

peggy gatto said...

I want to do that!!

Julene said...

Lino cutting is fun! I too enjoy it very much but don't have all the equipment I'd like to have to do it justice.
Your work is great!!

DVArtist said...

I love reading your posts. A wonky toenail you have me cracking up. Love the Converse or as the kids call them Chuck Taylor's. LOL Have a really wonderful weekend.

Maria Medeiros said...

Truly wonderful!!! Happy PPF and Happy Weekend! Check out my giveaway if you like. :)

Anonymous said...

yay for lino cuts! you inspired me to get my crap out and do some of these!

also, i'm dying laughing at your toenail remark. I totally get having weird toenails that require inspection.


Marji said...

Nothing rusty about this lovely print! Great work and I'm looking forward to what comes next. M.x

GlorV1 said...

Love your lino prints. Awesome job. I love Converse, have 2 pairs.:) Looks like you had a lot of fun with your work. Hope you are doing good. Take care. Happy PPF!

Catharina Engberg said...

This is so fun! Did some shells ones. Looks great!

Sandra Busby said...

Wow, I have never thought of trying anything like this... I can see how it would totally be your thing! Looks like you practically invented it!! :))

Nordljus said...

Your lino cut looks stunning! I love carving stamps, and I'm trying out all kinds of lino and stamp materials that I can find here. I also have some special tools for wood carving, after I once spent a day carving a little wood block during a week long printing course a few years ago. Just had to get them, but now I don't have the right wood...

Mona Pendleton said...

Fantastic projects! So fun and creative!

Granny Annie said...



Irene Rafael said...

I am right under the wire this week but here I am. Lino printing is a wonderful obsession. I recently cut my first one. Not a huge success but I do love the process. I look forward to seeing more of yours!

NatureFootstep said...

wow, I love the finished one. It is brilliant :) And glad to know how it happened :)

Unknown said...

I love your prints! You completely inspired me! Thank you for sharing!