As part of our "unit" of work on plants, over a series of Friday afternoons, we've been working on plant-inspired art. We've done some line drawings with pencils, looked at botanical art and then worked on linocuts. I remember linocuts from high school - the art room smelt like lino all the time.
I stumped up and purchased a linocut kit from here. It had everything - the lino, the cutting tools, the paint the brayer (see how technical I am?).
The kids spent some time working on their designs - my only stipulation was that it had to be inspired by plants...there may or may not have been tears shed over this stage and a few bits of screwed up paper around the place!
This took many weeks...
Finally we were all carved out and ready to print! I sacrificed a glass panel from a picture frame as a paint "tray", we got our paint all velvety, coated our lino and printed:
I LOVE them!!! They look so spectacular! We have some leftover lino - and so we are (all!) going to do a design (with no restrictions) and see what we come up with, now we are familiar with the process. Stay tuned for more art greatness!
Have you ever done linocuts?
How great is the smell?
What's your latest art project (yanno, for inspiration!)