After a beautiful drive through the countryside I had a very warm welcome at the Gloucester Lettering Arts workshop.
The aim was to go home with a Christmas card done as a lino print. And just look at this!
Top row: Joy: Maria Wells; birdie: Andi Bennett; Bauble: Chris Adams
2nd row: Holly: Ann Sanderson, Peace with trees: Jane Scriven
3rd row: 3 Birds: Andi Bennett; Peace in Gothic: Pam Thorne; Pax: Alison Bennett
4th Row: Star: Anna; Noel: Janet
Clockwise: Anna and Pam Horne; Ann Sanderson; Peace by Alison Allan; Chris Adams
Many people had not done lino before (well, since school) and everyone was pleased at how effective and sparkly their designs were. Sue Hodgkinson did a very intricate design see the H below – sorry but I don’t have the finished two-colour lino to show; and in Deborah Morton’s design: Hodie, you can see the lino plate with its reversed letters.
And now, my latest discovery…I keep yammering on about how to transfer designs onto Japanese relief vinyl. That’s because not much shows up other than a CD pen; and its hard to plan as you go. Trace your design in pencil on tracing paper then flip it over. Give the vinyl a swipe with cotton wool dipped into Acetone (Boots nail polish remover) and scribble over the back of the tracing paper to transfer the graphite. It works like a dream!