Wood engraving

I spent last weekend at bip-art Printmaking Workshop in Brighton on a wood engraving course with Chris Daunt, and produced this print of the walled garden at Wakehurst:

Wakehurst: Wood engraving

Wakehurst. Wood engraving, 7.5 x 10 cm.

It’s carved — more like, scratched — into a block of lemonwood, and then printed in black ink by hand-burnishing. The challenge was expressing everything in black or white — no greys, let alone colour — everything is there or not there; every mark is a decision that can’t be changed.

Linocut, stage 4

Fourth and final stage. Near-black ink printed over the previous three layers.

Lincut, final stage

Jeans, TShirts, Shoes. 10 x 10 cm.

This is another building that I found in the North Laines area of Brighton. The morning sun highlighted the clothes hanging in the window against the dark interior of the shop.

Pink, blue, and purple linocut, final stage

Final stage: Darker-still mix of red and cobalt blue over the previous layers to complete the print.

Linocut: Number 27

Number 27. Four stage reduction linocut, 10 x 10 cm.

This is one of the houses in the North Laines of Brighton: endless rows of small, late Victorian, urban housing, most of which have been carefully restored. There’s lots of inspiration here.