Heron Observing Strangford Lough Linocut on Irish Linen
Linocut is a printmaking technique that I use a lot a variant of woodcut in which a sheet of Lino is used for the relief surface. A design is cut into the Lino surface with a sharp knife, V-shaped chisel or U shaped gouge, with the raised (uncarved) areas representing a reversal (mirror image). The Lino is inked with a roller, and then impressed onto fabric or paper by hand. I tend to work intuitively drawing with pencil cutting with speed ideally finishing in one session; giving energy and vibrancy to each illustration. The lino is recycled (black and white floor tiles chequer style) salvaged from the floor of the great hall at Mount Stewart during their refurbishment, giving each lino cut its unique large 33x33cm matrix. So with screen print or a combination of both! I print successfully in my studio at home in Bangor.