Lino Print-Independent Sample

I wanted to make an accurate lino print of the gills of a mushroom, so I used a mushroom to transfer the outline of the gills using paint. I then lightly carved into the lino using a fine lino cutter to make sure I captured the fine lines of the gills. I’m really pleased with this lino, it looks a lot like the spore print from a mushroom, and I love how detailed it is. When printing, it was hard to get an even, consistent transfer just using my hands, so in the future, I will use the printing press to put even pressure on the block. I think this lino would work as the textured background for my wall hanging in a slightly darker shade to the base fabric colour. The lino worked well in capturing the finer details of the mushroom, and it fits in well with the more intricate samples I have been creating.

I also made two smaller, simplified linocuts out of the excess lino, as I wanted to have a smaller lino to use in my final piece to fill in any gaps. I played around with all the lino prints I created to make patterns and see how well they worked together. The contrast of the more graphic, small print with the bigger, more detailed gill print is really effective and seems more playful than the detailed lino on its own.

I tested the blocks out on the same fabric I will be using for my final piece to see how it would transfer, and as you can see, it is very uneven, so if I plan to use this in my FMP, I will need a printing press.

Rachael Louise Hibbs- @rhlprints

Rachael Hibbs is an artist, designer and printmaker based in London. She is inspired by the natural world, specifically British flora and fauna, as she grew up in rural Oxfordshire. I like that many of her prints are one layer prints, as it allows you to appreciate the detail and different textures she has created through mark-making. Hibbs also uses sustainable and renewable handmade paper to print on, which adds more texture to the print, and makes it feel really high quality. The detail and preciseness of Hibbs work influenced how I carved my first lino, and I was careful with each line I cut and used the finest cutting tool I had to make sure that the distinct texture of the mushroom print came across.

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