emc design not only designs and produces materials for the publishing industry, we also research (and clear the rights for) images and commission illustrations from our huge database of artists. We enjoy building up good relationships with the artists we use and enjoy collaborating with them on projects, as well as saying hello on social media. Which is where the idea for this post came from!
We’ve recently started following Celia Hart (an artist we’ve used for many years in our ELT work) on Instagram and loved seeing her latest prints develop from an idea into a final design. Celia is a talented artist who creates a range of commissioned illustrations as well as prints by using printmaking techniques with lino and wood. We thought it would be really interesting to document the process of her most recent linocut “A song in my heart” which has been inspired by the Robin in the hedgerow near Celia’s studio in Suffolk and Valentine’s day which is just around the corner.
1. The Robin that sings outside Celia’s studio.
2. Who eventually crept into Celia’s sketches and inspired “A Song in my heart”. The initial drawing is sketched out.
3. The final design is tweaked in Photoshop and then printed onto tracing paper. And transferred onto the lino.
4. Celia then starts carefully cutting the design into the lino – starting with the main shapes first. The raised areas will eventually be the parts that show up once printed.
5. Celia then starts carefully cutting the design into the lino – starting with the main shapes first. The raised areas will eventually be the parts that show up once printed.
6. As the cut starts to become clearer, more details are gouged in, using smaller tools.
7. Celia then chooses a colour and mixes up the ink.
8. And gets the printing area organised ready for production!
9. The ink is rolled onto the cut design.
10. And then thin Japanese paper is carefully placed over the inked block and firmly hand burnished using a wooden spoon.
11. A skip in my step – the 2nd lino cut created by Celia in this series being arefully placed over the inked block and firmly hand burnished using a wooden spoon.
12. The final prints are then hung up to dry before Celia decides what she wants to do with them. These little beauties have been turned into limited edition prints but you will also be able to buy cards in the same design.
If you’ve enjoyed seeing Celia’s pieces being created make sure you follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for regular updates.
And if you have a project that requires some artwork with that little bit of something special then please get in touch with us to have a chat about how we can help.
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