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#StudioStory – March

March 31, 2016

It seems this is my last chance to show you what I’ve been working on in March…. (Tomorrow starts the pretties month of the year, right?) I can’t believe that time can fly so fast – thirty one days went almost unnoticed; mostly waiting for warmer days, looking at gardening magazines and planning new landscapes (that in real life no doubt won’t look anything as pretty as they do in my imagination).

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Well, I disappeared from this virtual blog world for two weeks, but it doesn’t mean I was fiddling my thumbs! I have finally started working on some lino cuts. (I also have at least two new projects that are just one step away from being finished, so hopefully I’ll be showing these some time soon as well.) Anyway… I bought proper tools, lino and paint for printing probably more than a year ago (if not two…), but never had the chance to enjoy the whole process of slowly cutting out pretty things. This time I took my time.

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At first I did a few sketches.  I started with a pineapple, just because I thought it would be nice to use it for printing on fabric (one more project for summer!), and later on came up with more and more ideas… One of them was a bird cage.

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I didn’t risk putting a bird inside it, I was worried it would come out just like some blob, so it became an open cage with two flying feathers.

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After I made the first or you could say test prints I saw what could be improved, but this will have to wait… I also decided I would like to get red, blue and green printing ink/paint and probably a smaller roller. These feathers could be other colour than black, don’t you think? It would be easy enough to cover them in other colour with a smaller tool.

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As you can see I’m working on small pictures at the moment (right now I’m trying to come up with a lovely fox stamp, that I intend to give as a present to my friend whose surname happens to be Mr.Fox; you can have a sneak peek on Instagram). Hopefully my linocuts will get bigger and more complicated with time… or maybe I’ll even master wood cutting? Would be nice.

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. March 31, 2016 5:54 pm

    Very exciting and I agree about the bird looking like a blob…that’s such a tricky thing when working with small items. everything looks wonderful and I’m happy you are having so much fun!

    • April 1, 2016 4:32 pm

      As always I’m really grateful for your comment! It’s so nice to see that there’s someone reading my posts at the other end of my… hmmm… of my computer? or even Wi-Fi.

      I’m glad to hear I’m not the only one thinking that it’s not hard to get things wrong when you can’t use an eraser. Well, let’s hope I will get better with practise. K.

  2. Claire permalink
    March 31, 2016 6:51 pm

    These look lovely- I just bought a Lino cut here in Amsterdam of a typical scene and now you have inspired me too x

    • April 1, 2016 4:48 pm

      Oh, I’m so glad you found this post inspiring, Claire! You should definitely try lino cutting. I thought it would be harder than it actually is.Well, I though it would be a bit boring as you get a picture in black and white that can later be printed/repeated many times, but once you get the hang of the whole process you can make everything more complicated – work on bigger scenes and add more colours. Kristina x

      P.S. I look forward to seeing your photos from Amsterdam. It will be nice to find out what you saw that we didn’t.

  3. April 1, 2016 5:04 am

    Making stamps – definitely on my list, but for now I’ll just enjoy yours. 🙂

    • April 1, 2016 4:55 pm

      Make sure you start working on your stamps soon, Pia. You’ll have fun and I’m looking forward to seeing what you come up with. K.

      P.S. I bet one will be a cat? Thinking about it… I should make one myself.

      • April 1, 2016 8:31 pm

        Plants and animals are definitely likely subjects. Loved your escaped birdie!

  4. June 27, 2016 10:23 pm

    Love the bird cage…I hope as I catch up on blog reading I will see the coloured feathers? 🙂 x

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