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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. 

etsy birthday wishlist

As if getting married wasn't exciting enough I have a birthday coming up (ok blatantly its no where near as exciting as getting married...and this year it will be low key - but still!) and since being back from honeymoon and spending a little bit more (A LOT MORE) time on the internet I have seen quite a few things that I am loving on etsy. Also somethings that I have posted here before that I still love. Anyway I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to do a little round up/birthday wishlist so as to hint to NM in a very unsubtle way some things I would like. (I am still not even sure he reads this blog though! haha) Man etsy is awesome. Hope you enjoy these things. Go buy them for someone you love!

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I have seen these totes all over and Chloe has one and I am jealous haha - I like the black one - they are from Fieldguided (her blog is AMAZE too)

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Since choosing a very thin delicate gold wedding band I am into thin gold jewellery. This ring is cute. It is from Diament Jewelry

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How cute are these pencils?! SO CUTE - they are from Knot & Bow - an all time favourite etsy shop

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I love this bracelet. Simple and beautiful. It is from Petite Co

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This last one is from Chloe's shop. I love it and I totally need to think less and live more! I want to have a wall in my house full of beautiful prints by Chloe.

My Favourite Minty things
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It was actually light when I left work yesterday...exciting times! Spring is on its way - even though it is still freezing cold. Mint green is such a bright and fresh colour and it makes me feel all full of spring...so here is a round up of my favourite mint things from etsy. How awesome is the vintage camera in 9 - and don't you think 6 would make an amazing wedding present that is a bit different and personal! Head over to etsy and get all minty fresh! Check them all out here 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9