|Fantastic linocut of a cone created by a |
workshop participant at the Birnam Institute.
The linocut and the print below demonstrates both techniques. The lettering is created by using the tool to 'write' the letters directly - so it turns out as a white line on a dark background. The mice have been created by using the tool to scoop out the internal part of each mouse and the area around each mouse - but leaving the outlines intact.
|The original linocut showing the techniques for creating both black and white lines ...|
|...and the print of the linocut. Clear white lettering and bold black outlines for the mice.|
In creating an outline, you must be careful not to over cut and make your line too thin as this leads to a weak, uninteresting print. In the example of the Daddy Bear designs below, you can see that the second version is much stronger as the external lines of Daddy Bear are much thicker. He has a much more defined shape, particularly in comparison to the first print.
|Unclear linocut design, where the outlines are too thin and ill-defined|
|Successful linocut design, with thicker lines creating better definition of the subject|
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