Nick Morley, aka LinocutBoy, has recently just published his first Linocut book and Draw Cut Ink Press was lucky enough to receive a copy in the post.
Linocut books like this seem to be a little bit hard to find in my experience, so this is definitely a welcome addition to the shelf of any lino print beginner or aspiring artist. The book is packed to the rafters with linocut carving tips and linocut printing tips so its a great reference for anyone wanting to learn about the art form.
There are chapters dedicated to almost all aspects of linocut printing from materials and equipment, to linocut tips that help those who are just getting started as well as printing on a press. These chapters then naturally lead the reader into chapters on creating linocuts in black and white, and then colour. With all the great linocut tips and tricks that Nick delivers up to this point you’ll be hard pressed not to be getting pretty good at the old lino printing game. Step by step tutorials, packed with clear instructions and great photography really assist in understanding the various aspects of linocutting.
So, once you’ve started to get the hang of things you’ll probably want to start making your own fine art prints or may even fancy trying your hand at fabric printing. You’d be in luck to! As Nick nicely covers both of those subjects in his final chapters as well as covering other printing substrates and more advanced techniques.
Through out the book Nick has also included linocut artist profiles and small projects for you to test and perfect your skills.
What can I say about Linocut for artists and designers ? Well, at less than £20 it’s a linocut book that’s well worth the investment, and you can pick up a copy for yourself at the following websites;
Wordery.com – £14.22
amazon.com – £18.99
waterstones.com – £18.99