It all starts with a rough sketch (very rough), and as you can see, it bears very little resemblance to the finished print at this stage.......
In fact, i really hate the sketch and change my mind !
I decide to draw yet ANOTHER design directly onto the lino, freehand. I really should have done this in the first place, saving time and paper, but never mind. Then roughly paint the design and add the detail i want with pencil.
From here, i can now cut the lino. For someone who changes their mind quite a bit, this part can seem a little daunting. Once a cut is made in the lino, there's no going back, so no room for mistakes or faffing about (highly technical term) at this point.
Once all this is done, i clean the plate with a little white spirit to remove any excess paint or pencil marks and the plate is ready for printing. Now all i need to do is decide on a colour......oh, and a title too!