Well as I mentioned in last weeks blog my friend had shown me a beautiful illustrated book that she had just bought. The book in question is The Alphabet of London by Christopher Brown. Christopher Brown is a linocut artist who I had never heard of before though I feel I should have. Such stunning linocuts of the not so usual and usual well known landmarks and figure heads. People like Amy Winehouse, Charlie Chaplin and Mary Poppins pop up as well as a zoo keeper from London Zoo. Sorry no images to show you of this beautiful book (mine hasn't arrived in the post yet) but this link should take you to Design Week newsletter page which gives a lovely write up to whet your appetite http://www.designweek.co.uk/blog/an-alphabet-of-london/3034107.article
All this got me a little excited about doing my own linocuts. I remember doing them at Art College and not being particularly good at it. I'm sure the linoleum that was provided at College was much tougher then because I have had a go and found it a lot easier than before. The tracing of the image and cutting was all very straight forward but the printing was a little harder. I didn't have printing ink so used Acrylic paint instead which didn't coat the lino well. Julia came to the rescue with her pot of water soluble printing ink, the result is above. Not perfect but a start.
Also as promised is Fish completed with water colour wash.