Japanese Anenome Linocut in Progress

I have been working on my Japanese Anenome Linocut, 3 colours down and 2 more to go. This is a reduction linocut, which means after I have printed a colour, I remove more material from the lino block to print the next colour.

The design has changed a bit as I’ve been cutting and printing the block in reaction to the colours I can produce with the inks I have.

I have been using strips of mountboard glued to a plastic sheet to register the lino block with the paper. The registration has been excellent, but the strips of mountboard have embossed their shape on the paper print. Once I have a final edition of prints I will window-mount them so that the unwanted embossed effect is hidden.

(© Catherine Cronin)


Weekly Sketch – Centaurea Clementei – 04/07/2016

I haven’t been able to find the time to post my weekly sketches recently; here is one from May after a visit to Kew Gardens. ‘Centaurea Clementei’ a wildflower of Andalucia, it has lovely silvery velvet soft foliage and a fantastic spiky yellow flower head like a thistle. I’ve drawn it in marker pens for which I had limited colours, hence the difference in colour.

Centaurea Clementei

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(© Catherine Cronin)

Proof Print of ‘Marigold’ Linocut

I finally have proof printed a multi-block linocut of my ‘Marigold’ design. You can read about the early design process in this earlier blog ‘weekly-sketch-marigold-04112014’. I need to work on the registration a bit, but I am pleased with the result. I also used water-based inks for the first time; Caligo Safewash Relief and Schmincke Aqua Linoldruck ink, I am pleased with their performance and definitely will be using them again. Also heartening to be using inks that are kinder to the environment, as well as being less expensive than oil based inks. Please click on the following links to see the pdf product guides from the manufacturers: Caligo-ReliefFlyer_aqua_LINOLDRUCK

Below are images of the three blocks and the final proof printed – (photographed hanging whilst drying so they look a bit skewed – the black frame is a rectangle in reality):






(© Catherine Cronin)


Weekly Sketch – Japanese Anenome – 06/16/2015

I am working on a new design for a linocut print of a japanese anenome flower. I love growing colourful flowers on my balcony; I am fascinated by the variety of form, function and colours; the change from bud to bloom to seedhead. I am working towards doing a series of flower prints. I am cutting the lino currently for the first design I did for ‘Marigold’, which has set the tone to start the series, bold and graphic. I might try a few more variations before settling on the final design for the japanese anenome, but I am liking the bottom right image the best.


(© Catherine Cronin)


Weekly Sketch – Water Lilies – 12/04/2014

Two very different sketches of water lilies; one a pen sketch looking at form, structure and reflections; the other a quick study of colour in oil pastel and ink – which is a bit garish!



(© Catherine Cronin)

Weekly Sketch – Daffodils Still Life – 05/04/2014

I love yellow flowers, and daffodils fit the bill. They come in fantastic zesty colours, and with their bold trumpets they are the perfect harbingers of Spring. Strangely I don’t like drawing the flowers as they are, when I draw their shape they seem too flouncy, not bold enough. In the below sketch I decided to square up my daffodil blooms to escape ‘flouncy’ and I much prefer them this way in 2d. Funny that!





(© Catherine Cronin)

Weekly Sketch – Flowers – 23/03/2014

Quick sketch of different flowers using a fountain pen. I was trying for simple flower motifs; but ended up drawing some in too much detail. I often draw in pen, as I tend to just go for it, knowing mistakes have to be adapted or worked in or just left alone. I am a more hesitant sketcher using pencil; if I end up erasing parts of an image, I will obsess about correcting it, and perhaps get stuck in that moment. I like seeing my mistakes and working on new images around them.


(© Catherine Cronin)