Wednesday, November 10, 2010

First Cut

Introductions... so I pick up my cutting tool, try to get the measure of its weight and become comfortably acquainted with it. 

I put my piece of linocut on the bench hook, a piece of wood with a lip underneath and about to stop the lino moving around the table.

Soft linocut is easier to mark than normal linocut; the latter requires 'warming' before cutting. 

I make my first mark, careful to cut away from my hands and body as the cutters are sharp and menacing!

I use all the tools I have to see what marks they make. 

Finally I have my first cut block ready for printing.

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