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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


Glasgow Coat of Arms: do we need an update to represent our increasingly multi faith culture ?

Looking for potential symbols with “Faith” as a starting point

As a starting point for Part 5 of PM1, I visited the St Mungo Museum of Religious Art and Life and Glasgow Cathedral, both located at the heart of the historical Christian diocese of Glasgow. The museum seeks to help understanding of all faith groups and to act as a focus promote dialogue and engagement across religious divides.

Both places display works of art related to both Christian and other faith groups. The images below show Glasgow Cathedral in the background with a “Clooty Tree” installed in the Japanese Zen Garden in the gardens of the museum. The Clooty tree is usually found at places of spiritual significance and reflects the tradition ( found in many faiths) of tying cloth to trees to signify hopes and prayers. This motif has potential within a multi-faith context as it is used by several faith groups

The picture to the right includes the specially made lamp standards using the story of the Bird the Bell the Fish and the Tree from the legend of St Mungo.

Glasgow Cathedral seen from the Japanese Zen Garden with “Clooty Tree” in the foreground ( right ).

I was looking for imagery from amongst the various exhibits which might form the basis for an alternative crest. Below are some of the religious images of significance to the various faith groups featured.

From the left:

Hindu God Shiva as Nataraja ( Lord of the Dance): 

Hanukka  Lamp: From the Jewish religious tradition

Sikh Emblem

All of these emblems have strong visual impact and could be incorporated into the theme.