What a treat - half term!
I've forced children to spend hours wrapping pictures in cellophane and then brown paper and sticky tape...so now we celebrate with an outing to the post office. They don't realise yet, but this is FUN.
Maybe I will let them out at the weekend, as there is a big family bonfire planned and there will even be sparklers...
This now means that there are a whole flurry of new lino prints listed in my Folksy shop - huzzah!!
I'm sure I've forgotten to do a lino print of a very important animal, so am aiming to do one of everything, but seem to often get stuck on the bird section....oh well....
I've been having a marvellous month of lino cutting and printing and in two weeks time I'll be filling up my Etsy and Folksy shops with the results. That makes me feel like a proper shop-keeper!
I just want to do a couple more first - really keen to make a lino print of some bladderwrack, because it's such a lovely word, so maybe I'll do that this week. (and it would surely make a fantastic christmas present??!!! who wouldn't want a lino print of bladderwrack on their wall???)
Above is one of my faves, 'Feet in Shoes', but you are welcome to have your own fave....
An oak tree is exactly where I would build my nest if I had the skills to do it and needed somewhere to store a brood of hungry little birdies!
I wonder what's for dinner because they are looking pretty hungry.
Carving oak leaves out of lino is one of my favourite hobbies at the moment, they are creeping into lots of my pictures recently...
Happily printing a whole batch of new little lino prints, bursting with creatures and critters and birds and cats in both dresses and wigs...some dancing, some running and some completely still.
I'll let you see them all soon enough, when the ink is dry and the light is right.
(Isn't it great when you can announce to people that you are an actual real life professional vole printer!)
My lino cutting fingers are getting blisters - I'm having a phase....just cutting until there is a big pile of printing to be done, and then a whole day filled with wonder and disappointment as things turn out better and worse than expected....
....and then I can lie on the sofa and rest until Christmas (ha!)...while my little elves wrap it all up for me and deliver lino prints to galleries and post office counters...
...I may have spent a little too long communing with the lino blocks recently.
I'm back at it...
The floor feels like a gravel path now, what with walking about barefooted in this tropical June weather. It would be silly to clear up as it will just happen again.
So far I have cut out about 500 raindrops, some waves, another little Bristol thing and some circles.
I am contemplating a snowstorm, a lemur, three crows standing on the ground and a puffin on a cliff top. Oh, and I do keep looking at some fabric that seems too plain and could be jazzed up a bit using the medium of lino printing, but maybe I have printed on enough of our house already? How can you tell when you have reached that point?