Project 13: Combination Mono and linoprints: Linocut Design 2

Combination Mono and Linoprints: Design 2

A further design was developed based on original drawings but tightening the cutting of the salmon in the piece and cutting out more white space to allow the underlying monoprint to be seen more clearly. One of the real challenges of this task was getting the balance right between the contribution of the monoprint and the lino print.

Further cutting was carried out reach a final design which could be used with in combination with monoprinting. A number of monoprints were prepared which would be used to further devlop the prints. Some of these were kept as monoprints where the design was strong enough.m

Monoprint and proof for Linoprints Design 2

Following the devlopment of the final lino print design a number of combination prints were made. These are shown below:

Combination Mono and Linoprints




Two designs were devloped based on the initial drawings explored earlier. The first design worked well as a stand-alone lino but did not leave enough white background space to maximise the monoprint which was intended for the background print.

Colour choice

I was keen to build on the blue colour scheme explored in watercolour sketches and on the Procreate programme. The print was first carried out using phthalo blue Caligo safewash inks on smooth dry paper. Design 1 is shown below:


A diagonal composition was selected, with the placement of the bird and the fish exchanging the ring focussing attention on the centre of the picture plane. I think this works well visually. However, the cutting of the fish as clumsy and I felt that they looked a bit more like seals than salmon so I decided to cut another block to see if I could improve the appearance of the fish and to simplify the design slightly to take account of the added detail which would come from using the monoprint as background.

Design 1