Last weekend I was back at Birmingham Printmakers, cheerfully learning the techniques of suicidal linocutting from Jacqui Dodds and Christine Bradshaw.
I had done a tonal drawing sitting on the cliff top at St Abbs in June. I had had the idea from the start about using this as the template for a print. I wanted to use the blue as the mid tone for both the darks of the birds’ uppers and the shadows of the white underparts.
I mixed a light blue ink for the first cut. On reflection, I think I should have cut more white into the foreground and allowed the background to recede in the mid-ground blue.
For the second cut, I mixed a reddish brown which darkened when overlaid onto the blue.
When the third layer in black went on, it was like magic, suddenly pulling the whole piece together.
I’ll add a plug for my hosts. The Birmingham Printmakers are celebrating 30 years of existence with an exhibition in the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. It’s very good though I was dragged around rather rapidly by my impatient children.
Thanks Jacqui and Christine. I’m looking forward to joining BPM and doing more of this.