Australian Floral Emblems 2014 – a new linocut

I was away in the Southern Highlands and Batemans Bay visiting relatives & taking some on holidays for most of March – it was a lovely break & I even managed to sneak in a bit of art making.

Before I left I managed to complete this new design – Australian Floral Emblems 2014.AUSTRALIAN FLORAL EMBLEMS 2014 WEB SCAN SMALL

It was commissioned as a gift for Lismore City Council’s Sister City – Yamato-Takada – for the Lismore City Council Mayor and General Manager’s visit which is currently underway  and joins the previous purchase by Lismore City Council and Yamato-Takada 50th Anniversary of the first Sister City relationship program in August 2013. My linocut was presented yesterday by Mayor Jenny Dowell of Lismore City Council to Mayor Yoshida of Yamato-Takada Council.

Sister City Gift - Lismore City & Yamato Takada Councils April 2014

Australian Floral Emblems 2014 – a Fine Art Handpainted Linocut by Lynette Weir

This Fine Art Linocut Limited Edition Relief Print takes the Floral Emblems for each State or Territory of Australia and weaves them into a design held together by the Australian Floral Emblem – the Golden Wattle – Acacia pycnantha.

AUSTRALIAN FLORAL EMBLEMS 2014 Small Print File

Victoria – Common Heath – Epacris impressa
Tasmania – Tasmanian Blue Gum – Eucalyptus globulus
Australian Capital Territory – Royal Bluebell – Wahlenbergia gloriosa
South Australia – Sturts Desert Pea – Swainsona formosa
Western Australia – Mangles Kangaroo Paw – Anigosanthos manglesii
Northern Territory – Sturts Desert Rose – Gossypium sturtianum
Queensland – Cooktown Orchid – Dendrobium phalaenopsis
New South Wales – Waratah – Telopia speciosissima

The design begins as an idea in a small sketch, developed with a clear understanding of the structures of the wildflowers.

You can see the tiny thumbnail sketch showing the initial ideas sketch for the planning of this linocut in the top left hand corner of the image below. This little ideas sketch is then worked into drawings grounded in draughtsmanship.

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The work is designed into a linocut/linoblock print in the tradition of fine art relief printmaking creating a template to follow for carving.I photocopy the initial drawing and ink in the black areas which allows me a guide to follow for carving out the white areas. I used to bot do this & found I often made mistakes in the carving which meant re-starting the carving of a whole new lino block! So this way I have a guide, not to say that I don’t vary this as I go – sometimes I will rework areas by drawing on the lino block itself. Some of my long term followers may remember my initial false start of this design a few years ago about the time my shoulder was playing up & making carving difficult. The less said about that the better – let’s just say even with the template mistakes still happen!!

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The image from the template is transferred in reverse to the lino block for carving using carbon paper.

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A view from my srawing/carving/painting board out to the native banksias outside my studio window.

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I use a swivel table set at just the right height, strong lamp, specific reading glasses for close work & very sharp lino tools for the carving the lino block.

Australian Floral Emblems 2014 Linoblock

The completed fully carved linoblock!

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A roller is used to ink up a glass plate and then roll over the lino block to transfer the ink. It is important to get an even thin layer of ink to transfer the image to the paper.

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This is the lino block fully inked & ready to print. The more even & carefully applied the ink is to the block the better quality print you will achieve. Note that the design is carved in mirror reverse so that when it is inked and the paper placed on it fro the print it reverses and comes out the right way!! This is particularly important if you are using type or writing within your printmaking!!!

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The paper is placed on top of the lino block and a felt is placed over that to help distribute the weight of the press evenly & not damage the paper & lino block in the process. I use a small wind down book press which lowers a heavy plate onto the block.

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This is the very first print from the carved lino block. It is instantly gratifying to pull a lovely print the very first time. Sometimes the stars align!! But often they don’t! It may take numerous attempts before you get a good quality even print or edition.

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This is the first ‘working proof print’ that has some imperfections in the printing. I use this to work on the first handpainting.

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I use oil based ink for the printing & watercolours for the handcolouring. It is the old adage of ‘oil repels water’ so the watercolour is mostly contained within the oil printing. Although sometimes there will be the need to come back & remove some of the more opaque colours that may run onto the oil printed sections but it comes off easily without taking off the printed areas.

I have also made a little video which focuses on the handpainting of this linocut this time.

– Australian Floral Emblems 2014

Australian Floral Emblems 2014 – A Fine Art Linocut

Linocuts – Week 1 Back to work carving

I have managed to start caving some small lino blocks in the last week or so and it is all going well with my shoulder so far which is excellent.

Here is a small image of some of the carvings – they are a couple of small designs I was working on back in 2012. The one on the left is from a series of 15x15cm square designs and the one of the right is from a series of 12 ‘Deco’ designs. I had been having long-term problems carving for a long while but I did 2 days carving this week and all was fine!! Yippee!! Hoping to start on some large blocks and multi-panel designs I designed at the end of last year very soon!

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I have also finished painting & getting some new stock framed for the Day Fine Art Gallery in Blackheath, Blue Mountains NSW. There are plenty of flannel flowers in this new selection and they should be listed on this page in the next week or so.

I also printed one of the earlier designs that I was working on based on those old-fashioned postcards utilising black and white design and colour into one design. You can see the design process for these here.

This is an image of the design that I added some Photoshop colour into.

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I then carved the linoblock back in May 2012 – take note that the design is carved in reverse.

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Inking up the lino block.

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The first proof prints. The proof print is a ‘trial run’ to check the carving is all correct. I may choose to carve more ares out or fix areas before printing the final design. This shows the reversal of the printed image.

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Handcoloured this week with watercolour.

This first completed on is Sturt Desert Peas – Retro Postcards

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Attempting WA in my garden – Hakea multilineata

In my garden I grow indigenous species from this region but I also grow – or perhaps I should say ‘attempt to grow’ – species form other regions. Some plants are more successful than others – but often I manage to get a season or two and some photographs I can use in my work or keep in my extensive photographic catalogue. As I work always from my own photographs or friends that have taken photos for me I find attempting to grow some of these plants really worthwhile.

One of these is the Western Australian Hakea multilineata – Grass-leaved Hakea that was I was fortunate to pick up as a grafted plant and has been growing successfully here – in a scraggly fashion for a number of years.

It has the most gorgeous pink large hake flowers down the stem with long lined thin leaves. Sometimes I would pick them as they were quite spectacular but really quite high up on the tree.

After flowering it produced seed pods as you can see here.

These then dried and eventually opened to release its seeds.

It has been looking worse for the wear over recent months – perhaps too much rain – and looked like it was slowly dying. The other morning though after a storm the night before we came out to find the small tree snapped off at the base and over the driveway.So this is what is left…

…got some great photos though!

…and maybe a design too…

‘Hot off the Press and Painting Easel’ – two new completed Linocut Designs for 2011!!

I have literally just finished hand colouring these 2 new designs…so here they are!!

Coastal Tea Tree Deco 2011

Coastal Tea Tree – Leptospermum laevigatum

Waratah Sqaure 2011

Waratah – Telopea speciocissima.

More to follow in the next day I hope!!