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New York, New York

New York has had a part of my heart now for quite a number of years. Pretty soon I after I graduated I headed over the pond for 3 months to do an internship with a guy who was a one man band design studio. I worked alongside him and learnt from him and worked on projects for some pretty awesome clients including the MTA and also the School of American Ballet. That trip was 6 years ago and I haven't been to NY since, but this year NM and I have a trip planned. He has never been before and I am dying to go back, so we are both pretty excited. We will be there for 5 days at the beginning of June (and then we head to Boston for some adventures there too) - so if you have any recommendations of things to do and places to see I would LOVE to hear them. I want to have a good list before we head off. 

Now enough about our holiday plans. I wanted to share with you some stunning New York related art work. When I started experimenting with linocut Luke pointed me in the direction of Hannah Cousins who creates these absolutely stunning linocuts of scenes in New York. They are getting me even more excited about our trip but I am also dreaming about having one of these on my wall. You can see (and buy) the whole series here. Also Hannah will be exhibiting her linocuts at the COB gallery in London from the 29th April until the 3rd May. Sounds like the perfect inspiring  outing to me. If you are in London you should check it out! 

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I really need to have another go playing around with linocutting!  Hope you are feeling inspired and enjoying your Wednesday! 

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Linocut experiments

For my birthday this year NM bought me a linocutting starter kit from Linocut boy on etsy. It was such a great gift and I love how it was all packaged and presented. Sadly it sat on my shelf for a few months before I found time to have a play around, but last week I finally got the chance. 

I have done screen printing before at art college and couple of years ago I did a letterpress course which I loved so I was really excited about learning a new printing technique. 

The box included everything I needed to get started. A roller, a beautiful set of carving tools, some small pieces of lino (which are easy to buy more of when you run out) black ink (am excited to experiment with other colour later on but black was all i needed to get started).

If you decide to give lino printing a go, my top tip to you would be make sure you have some plasters handy. Haha. It wasn't too bad but i did cut myself once - am hoping as my technique improves that will happen less often. 

So I started off pretty simple and inspired by autumn drew some simple leaf shapes. The smaller one on the left above worked much better for printing than the one on the right. I also had an old stamp handle so I stuck it onto that since it was so small and I found it easier to stamp it rather than lay the paper on top of it (which is what you do for larger prints). I really like how the pattern came out below. I actually used an ink stamp I had in a green colour rather than the black ink. It is pretty rough and basic but it was an encouraging start. I would really like to make some more patterns like this incorporating different shapes and colours. 

I then experimented with the black ink on different scraps of coloured paper I had lying around. For some reason the black ink didn't seem to stamp as well for me, but I think I just need to keep experimenting to see what works best and also making sure that I roll the ink on smoothly. I think often I want to see amazing and perfect results straight away and forget that I actually need to practise and take time to learn a new skill. Patience does not come naturally to me! Ha.

I started sketching out and carving a new design for a greeting card (below). I am not sure how it will turn out but I will keep experimenting and let you know how I get on. 

I don't think linocut boy is selling these started kits at the moment but if he ever does again I can't recommend them highly enough - such a good place to start. (Check out his shop anyway though because he obviously has skills when it comes to linocutting and it gives me inspiration for something to work towards).

You can buy linocutting kits all over the place so if you are keen to have a go just google and see what you can find.