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So it all started about 3 years ago when I moved back to England. I needed a change of pace, I was hankering after something new, I had a little time on my hands and so I decided to give Lino cutting a whirl. I had tried it some 20 years ago as a child and couldn’t even remember what it was all called, but the lady in the art shop understood my vague description and set me up with an entire tool kit and my first piece of lino. Off I went with this little day dream about selling cards on a market stall if my lino cuts were good enough. I began my first cut and was instantly hooked – but lino wasn’t the only thing I cut! Ouch!!!

It took about a week for my hand to heal and it was the longest week, because all I wanted to do was get back to carving the lino! I’ve never cut myself again since, it was a lesson learned instantly.

The art shop was soon…

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  • Joined April 19, 2010

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So it all started about 3 years ago when I moved back to England. I needed a change of pace, I was hankering after something new, I had a little time on my hands and so I decided to give Lino cutting a whirl. I had tried it some 20 years ago as a child and couldn’t even remember what it was all called, but the lady in the art shop understood my vague description and set me up with an entire tool kit and my first piece of lino. Off I went with this little day dream about selling cards on a market stall if my lino cuts were good enough. I began my first cut and was instantly hooked – but lino wasn’t the only thing I cut! Ouch!!!

It took about a week for my hand to heal and it was the longest week, because all I wanted to do was get back to carving the lino! I’ve never cut myself again since, it was a lesson learned instantly.

The art shop was soon selling out of lino blocks and ink because I kept going back for more and more… and more!

The idea of just selling cards quickly changed as I found I got the most enjoyment from larger blocks of lino with more intricate designs. I liked the challenge and found it also very therapeutic! Some of them took me a month or two to complete!.

An old friend suggested I take a look at Etsy. I did, and immediately joined up. It was a little premature on my part as I still had a lot to learn, but I was eager and impatient to get started, and have ended up learning as I’ve gone along. I’ve been thrilled with the response from people and I feel very lucky to have these new American customers who are an absolute delight!

It was difficult to know what to charge at first. Being a complete novice and self taught, I knew nothing of price levels, paper quality, different inks, limited editions, mounting or the life span of a lino block – so it’s all been a bit experimental! I tried many paper types, even copy paper which I found worked very well, but I have recently learned it doesn’t have ‘archival’ quality so that had to change. I didn’t realise you were supposed to leave a gap around the edge for mounting initially either, so of course some of my first prints were a bit close to the edge – but they’d still be great for clip frames. I didn’t know that lino blocks cut this intricately would only last for about 50 to 100 prints at most before little pieces would start to break off so I didn’t make my prints ‘limited editions’, even though it turns out, they kinda’ will be!

So, it is with all of that in mind, that I have set my prices with the hours of work put in, in mind. They are all original handpulled prints. I don’t have a printing press even so I literally hand print (and stand on!) each one! I figure it’s best affordable art and lots of happy customers!

Thanks for reading!

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