Project 9 – Experimental Mark Making on Lino

I approached this project by first listing destructive processes and tools that I could use to make marks. I thought about the more obvious cutting and gouging implements such as those pictured in the course materials. I had a look around the house and studio collecting together a set of hole punching and brad setting tools, stilletto shoes, kitchen implements, keys, etc. I also thought about things such as folding and breaking up the lino (taking to extremes such as running over a folded lino with my car!), and methods of heating and burning the surface. I have a heat gun and pyrography tool that I thought I could use.

Some marks such as those made with steel wool and a lighter pyrography tip drawing didn’t show up on my initial print, so I added marks with more implements. The final print was made by inking very lightly with burnt sienna Caligo ink on Japanese paper. Closely cut lines with a craft knife and some pyrography started to print in an intaglio fashion on successive prints, which added to the texture in an interesting way.

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The lino was divided into squares and marks made as listed in reference to the print below.

Row 1: Various pyrography tips

Row 2: Fine pyrography, zester rocked and rolled, zester light strokes, zester firm strokes

Row 3: Wine bottle opener, fine pyro tip for 2 squares, bottle cap twisted/scraped/hammered in

Row 4: Circlip pliers pushed in and opened, craft blade, wire cutters, brad tools

Row 5: Saw scraping, stiletto shoe heel, keys, hole punch tools

Row 6: Hack saw, kitchen fork, screwdriver and screws, folding and picking the lino.

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I was very pleased indeed with this piece, although it was quite difficult to get two prints of similar appearances due to ink build up in the marks. The lighter inking worked particularly well to show up fine details. The pyrography was a bit of a breakthough, and not something I have seen done before. The marks can be very variable, and in general more subtle than cutting. The shapes gave interesting results, particularly where the lino around the marks was also affected in a way that seemed to repel inking.

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