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Whitby – The story behind the print

Updated: May 19, 2020

The photos below show how I'm making new Whitby linocut print.

December 2019 - I have updated this blog with 3 videos showing how I ink up each lino block.

Planning the design

The view is looking down across the bay from Whitby's iconic steps.

Find out more about my day walking along the Cleveland Way on my blog 'Inspiration in Whitby'.

Creating colour variation ideas, one to coordinate with my Robin Hood's Bay and Staithes prints and the other with the iconic red roof tops.

Working out how many lino plates to cut and which colours each will be.

Cutting the design into three lino plates

Lino plate/block 1, the roof tops and view on the horizon.

Lino plate/block 2, the the steps and sea.

I transfer the design from lino plate 1 onto lino plate/block 2 so that I can register the design.

A time lapse video showing how I cut the second lino block/plate.

Lino plate/block 3, the sky, lamp post ad railings. The hardest of all!

Test printing the design

Experimenting with different colours and making any adjustments to the lino plate.

Which is your favourite?

This is a video I made to explain more about planning the design.

Mixing the final inks and printing part of the edition

I've had great feedback from everyone. I've decided to print the majority o the edition based on the colours of test print 'TP4'.

First I mix a pots of the new colours I'll be using so that prints are consistent for future prints.

I use oil based' transparent' ink.

Hand printing lino block 1

This has been a challenging design to print. I've made mistakes on 5 of the 20 prints. Every lino plate/block has its own character.

I’m loving the way I’m getting a darker blue on the sea in the background. A happy accident with inking. The amount cut away/left on the lino effects the pressure I apply the ink with the roller.

It's also fiddly printing 2 colours in 1 block. I roll on the blue with my 6” roller. Wipe any ink on the windows etc. Then carefully apply the grey with a smaller roller trying not to over ink the fine lines.

Hand printing lino block 2

Printing the roof tops and horizon with deep blue.