I fell for this leather bound sketchbook with hand made paper inside, and scruffy deckle edges - it just looked so appealing - I was hunting for Christmas presents for others at the time but who could resist it? :>D
I love it and rather than use it as a sketchbook I plan to make it an artists book - with finished pieces rather than a my normal sketchbook mix of anything and everything. It's 7x5 inches and I found it on ebay uk if anyone fancies one.
That little leather thong winds round and effortlessly catches against the stitching, holding the book closed and protecting the pages with that wrap around flap :>)
The first page in a book is always slightly daunting and I decided to experment with a lino I'd cut.
I hadn't got the proper inks handy to try it out. I suspect they will be dried out anyway, it's so long since I used them.
So, I painted some luscious pearlescent lavender acrylic ink over the lino printing block and printed quickly - it was fairly successful. The larger areas didn't have a consistent coverage but it printed quite a lot of it.
I then worked on it with pastel pencils, biro and gel pens.
The lino was stylised and quite graphic - you can see it on my blog here. Working into it created something different. I love that pearlescent acrylic ink - one of my Christmas presents :>)
This is going to be an ongoing project, adding small paintings to it regularly on a water theme.
UPDATE: As a result of the comments on this post, I've now created two posts on my blog which are about lino printing and how this lino print was produced.
- Linoprinting - with a bit of virtual linoprinting ... details the process for producing this print
- linoprinting 2 highlights some excellent and useful comments -with some very useful tips - from the first post.