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Leaving your PRINT on 2016

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Houses linoprint, Hanna-Mae Williams

I’ve been so inspired lately by all the fantastic lino/block prints popping up on pinterest! In this post I bring you some of my favourites, and if you’re left feeling inspired yourself, why not check out this tutorial from painters-online? ‘Print your own seasonal greetings cards using linocut techniques‘. It’s a versatile and easy way to get eye-catching results!

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Andrea’s designs are quirky and use colour in a way that really sets off the image. You can see tons of her wonderful creations by visiting her instagram page (click the icon below). The talented print-maker even shared her knowledge by publishing a book in May this year, which is available on Amazon: ‘Block Print: Everything you need to know for printing with lino blocks, rubber blocks, foam sheets, and stamp sets’

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Harriet is a fellow illustrator whose work includes, but isn’t limited to print. I found this skull piece on pinterest which in turn led me to her behance profile, and more of her exciting projects. You can see all sorts of mediums in Harriet’s quirky style by visiting her website harrydrawspictures.com or connect with her via social media using the icons below.

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As soon as I saw this linocut on pinterest I had to add it to my collection of favourites! Helen is a multi-talented illustrator, graphic designer, and of course print-maker.The gallery on her website ‘Helentimburydesign.com.au‘ is full of colourful, inspirational eye candy.

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Happy printing!

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Finding inspiration

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I have two ‘go-to’ ways of working, but I find the easiest and most relaxed to be working from a photograph. By working this way you don’t have to worry about changes in light, or changes in position, and are free to re-visit your piece at a pace to suit you.

There are many websites offering royalty-free images (some you pay for, others you don’t) but inspiration for your work can be found in unexpected places. The other week I visited a garden centre, which always offers a huge range of sometimes unusual, stunning flowers and plants. Build yourself a collection of photographs you’ve taken and store them in a file that you can revisit when in need of a quick reference image. This can save huge amounts of time searching for reference images on the internet. My own file has grown over the years and is organised into sections for easy navigation, including ‘plants & flowers’ ‘people’ ‘places’ and more.

Inspired by my recent trip I decided to create a painting that centred around a floral theme, using my favourite variety: the daffodil.

‘I wander’d lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host of golden daffodils,
Beside the lake, beneath the trees
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretch’d in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced, but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee: –
A poet could not but be gay
In such a jocund company!
I gazed – and gazed – but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought.

For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills
And dances with the daffodils.’

Williams Wordsworth, 1802

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Five fabulous florals to check out (click title to open new window):

The Last Flowers by TanyaShatseva

Alice and the Flowers by thedancingemu

When Flowers Dream by Puimun

Withered Flowers Illustration by Urielstempest

Watercolor Flower 4 by faegirlmara

 

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