Updated: Oct 9, 2018
For this sketchbook blog post I've decided to show you the process of making my lino cut zine 'Little Darlings'. For a while I'd been considering putting together a booklet featuring all of my bird paintings, but I also liked the idea of the book being completely original. Before creating this mini book I had given lino cut a go exactly three times so I wasn't expecting to create anything exceptional but when I printed the first editions I was pleasantly surprised!
So, for this project I started with sketching out four bird designs; a starling, robin, blue tit and sparrow. I then traced these designs onto a single piece of paper and created a draft version to see what the little book would look like. I then transferred my designs onto four small sheets of soft lino and carved each of them individually. I practised printing each after carving them to check I was happy with the design and then stuck the four tiles together and printed the finished designs.
To turn each print into a book I folded it in half and half again and then cut between the robin and starling. I then backed the front and back with recycled card and wrote the titles on the front.
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