How I made this print
I’ve created this linocut print of oyster catchers in flight by individually printing it by hand onto Hosho paper. It’s based on a selection of photos I took of oyster catchers on Hebridean beaches. I used Japanese tools to carve into sheets of vinyl to create the printing blocks. Once the blocks were carved, I printed each colour from the blocks using water-based pigment inks. During the printing process, I apply ink to a block, and then lay the paper onto the block. I then press on the back of it using a Japanese hand-printing press called a baren. There’s a different block for each colour in the design – one for black, one for the (tiny!) orange beaks, and a background block. I’ve printed a pale blue background in this version to create a summery sky.
Every print in a batch is made in the same way, but each time the blocks are inked and pressed slightly differently. This results in a succession of seemingly identical but actually unique prints – each and every one is an individual, hand crafted and original work of art.
When the print is finished, I blind print my chop seal in the corner so it appears to be embossed.
Print size is 8″ x 3.5″ (21.5cm x 8.5cm) approx.
The print comes mounted and ready to frame, with bevel-cut mount – overall size is 12″ x 7″ (31cm x 18cm) approx.
I mount the print onto the backing board using photo corners. I also attach an information sheet explaining how the print was made on the reverse.
The print comes packaged in a crystal clear cellophane bag. I send prints in a board-backed envelope by Royal Mail.