This week I had actually done some art work at home – I’d been stuck in with a bad back and it was bad enough that I couldn’t play violin, so violin time turned into art time and I made myself do some lino cutting to stay sane during the week.

I’d decided my original seahorse design might be a bit fiddly, so I tried a second design traced from a photograph. When I turned up to class I’d managed to get both the original design and the new design partially cut out. I drew (yes, really) the tail on my original design (it had been obscured in the original image) and during the class I managed to get both cut and essentially finished so I had a go at printing with them.

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New design (not quite finished) on the left, original design on right. These were printed during the class. 

I’d wanted to do a camera too. Just a simple design, so when I got home I simplified the front of mine, drew it straight onto the tile and cut it out. I forgot to reverse it, but I don’t think it matters too much. I tried to get texture on the camera body by using sandpaper on the tile, but I’m not sure it’s worked. It doesn’t matter anyway, it was just an experiment.

My experiment


Then I tried printing a few cards.


I really like having a practical outcome to these classes. I think that the other people taking the class are doing the most amazing work, and with the drawing it was getting depressing trying not to compare myself to them week after week (and failing), but with this I don’t care so much. My designs are a lot simpler than most of the others, but I’m really okay with that because I get to choose whatever subject I like. This exercise, along with the photos I’ve been taking in the last few weeks, has made me realise that I love nature, I love animals. When I’ve painted in the past I’ve always painted from a huge DK Nature book that I love. These were the first watercolour paintings I tried (they’re from 2016 and I haven’t done any since).

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So perhaps that’s something to try with photos as well as art class. In terms of photography, a bit more time outdoors with my camera might be in order now it’s getting warmer.