The Take Away - What I've Learnt from Linocut
Written by Harriet Monzon-Aguirre | August, 2021
Before COVID I took an Introductory Course to Relief Printmaking at the Dunedin Fine Art Center and had a blast.
I thought - "let's make some prints. It's relatively quick and doesn't require a large studio space. I can do this with kids running under my feet." So the past few months I have been exploring the medium of linocut. I purchased inks, the beginner carving set, a great book "Linocut for artists & designers" by Nick Morley, some linoleum blocks, different types of paper, and set out. I always love learning something new. Below is what I've taken away from overcoming certain fears with taking an uncharted course in my artistic approach:
You're never going to improve if you don't at least try.
If you really want to appreciate something, try to make it yourself.
As Austin Kleon says "copying is about reverse-engineering."
Imitate then emulate.
Tackle the hard stuff first.
I used to have a saying as a little girl when I did my homework. "Get ya work outta de way so ya have more time tuh play." The same applies to learning linocut and carving large areas first.
Get a 6 year old's perspective.
Sometimes fear of trying something new is paralysing. Six year olds have fresh perspectives and are not presumptuous. Mine said to me "Oh, you're making just a stamp then Mum."
Image: "E. Marshall St.", limited edition linocut print by Harriet Monzon-Aguirre