The making of the 'Shut Up!' Print

So excited to try out my new Swiss cutting tools and the new larger (A3) Japanese vinyl plates!

As it turned out, I wasn't happy with my first attempt so I ended up cutting these plates twice, I didn't mind because its my favourite part of the process and the Swiss cutting tools are just a dream to use!

The Japanese vinyl plates are much stiffer than the easy-cut vinyl I've used before but as they are double the size, this made handling much easier and I could cut very fine lines which are robust.  I cut 2 plates, one for the black and another for the grey/green.  The surface is blue on one side and green on the other and reveals grey underneath as you cut into it, I like this but I personally would love a black plate revealing a light grey, as I think the cuts would be easier to evaluate?

I cut the black plate first and then offset onto the 2nd plate to get an accurate placement for the grey/green, essential really as the registration between these two is very tight and the highlights on the hair are very tricky to place properly.

It was my first time trying a tonal roll for the background, I really like it but it took a lot more time and effort than a flat colour. 

Overall, I'm very happy and have learned so much on this piece!

Linocut  Print size A3. Paper size 40x50cms on Fabriano Rosapina paper  Limited Edition of 11

Linocut

Print size A3. Paper size 40x50cms on Fabriano Rosapina paper

Limited Edition of 11