Linoleum Lottie


Here are a couple of lino cut prints that I’ve made this week; inspired by the house and the countryside around me. They are a work in progress as I’m new to lino (apart from scrubbing floors!) but hopefully practice will make perfect.

Spanish Chair & Sunflowers
Spanish Chair & Sunflowers
The Pilas Hare - Lottie Nevin '15
The Pilas Hare – Lottie Nevin ’15

52 thoughts on “Linoleum Lottie

  1. Oh Lyn, I’m SO sorry to hear this 😦 what a bummer for you. Try not to despair, hopefully things will go to plan soon. Spain and I will be waiting for you πŸ™‚ I’m glad you like my first attempts at lino cuts, thank you for your kind comment xxx

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      1. You are very kind to say such a thing but, honestly, they are not difficult to make. The hardest part for me is focusing and not giving up!! once i get going its fine and then there’s no stopping me. Fruit, flowers, birds, animals – the world is our oyster when it comes to inspiration. Give it a whirl, I bet you can make something really lovely πŸ™‚

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  2. A stirring of lovely memories!!!!! During my carefree (early years!) school time I remember doing lino prints. It was a lot of fun, and interesting, to carve out the design and then see it in print! Thx for the memory jog! πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you. HUGE apologies for not replying sooner. You are right, it is great fun to make prints like this and so simple. I’ve been so busy recently that I’ve not had time to do anymore but I have LOTS of ideas in my head. I hope the memory jog has inspired you πŸ™‚ !

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    1. Puff, you make me blush πŸ˜‰ They really are my first attempts, and I’m rather loving making them. So much to learn but I do have the advantage of a master printer to hand should I need advice! xxx

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    2. But they really are exquisite, Puff, as I’m sure the Irishman has told you. My attempts many moons ago were useless but then again, my hands were bad even then. My aunt does a lot of lino cuts and still tends to do them for Christmas cards. Way to go!

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      1. Well you are very kind. He’s a hard task master and has told me that I still need to do many more and he is right. I sympathise with you about the hands – its hard work and even now, 4 hours on, my left hand is quite numb and my right hand is covered in cuts! I’m terribly impatient so have to work quickly – first I did the drawing on paper, then I drew on the lino, then out came the cutting tools. Then, this is the best part, I summoned my technician to help with the printing part. I can’t wait for the heady day when we have a press, at the moment its a case of elbow grease and a lot of rubbing! I think Christmas cards is a great idea. Watch this space! xox

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    1. Oh lawks, don’t go mentioning termites! Thankfully all our floors are tiled here, not a scrap of lino in sight but, i remember lino as a kid and in my first house and dreary mopping sessions trying to keep it clean. A hopeless task especially with dogs running in and out xox

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  3. Lottie, these are fantabulous. Gee whiz, lady you are so talented. The hare blends in so well that I had to move away from mhy computer to find it. I wear bifocals and my perspective is must likey off. πŸ™‚ In more ways than one. πŸ™‚ Anyhoo, I could not get your blog to open up so what have you done? I had to trot over to the reader to find this post. It would not open from FB and I did not get a notice from WP. I am not a clue what is amiss but maybe there are more folks that are not getting notices as well. I replies to your message in FB but I do not think you got it because I have sent other folks messages and they did not reply. (Current friends here in Texas). Anhoo thinking of you and Pete, Colin, Wilma and Willow. Yvonne xxxx

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    1. You are very kind, thank you Yvonne. The hare probably blends in a little too well – I need to do another one and get him to stand out more. Still have a way to go as i’m learning the technique and only practice and time will help with that. It’s a fun thing to do and I can see myself getting quite obsessed with it.

      Not sure why you didn’t get my post. As you can see I’ve recently changed themes so I hope that it’s nothing to do with that. Let me know if it happens again.

      Wilma is getting huge, she’s put on 4.5lbs since she’s been here – she’s not going to be as big as Colin, I imagine she will end up the height of a cocker spaniel maybe. Hope that you and your brood are ok and that all the animals are well. I’m not sure where the time goes but I meant to write to you this week, its been too long!

      Hugs galore xoxo

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    1. Aww, thanks a lot Teagan. Yes, the tools take a little practice – one of fingers is still numb from this mornings work and I cut one of my fingers but I think that’s par for the course! Hugs to you! πŸ™‚

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  4. Sunday: Aug. 2, 2015- @ 1:08pmJust for info: I got the WP notice art 12:57pm in Yahoo mail. I clicked on the name of your post, it went to “cookies” I clicked and accepted and the blog opened up in a decent manner. I suppose there is some sort of time delay that can’t be explained. It was FB almost an hour or more and also in the reader. Maybe it has something to do with my computer security but all is well now, and I’m happy. I’m off to Pets Mart to get some RX canned Royal Canin for Beasley the cat who is intestinal issues- possibly (lymphoma). I hate that word. ~y xxxx

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    1. It’s early days Gerard – I’m new to all of this. we don’t have a press, the lino cut is inked, the paper placed over the top and then some serious rubbing takes place. This is done by my handsome technician as I’m bound to let the paper move or make a mess! A press would be lovely – next year, we are getting a couple for the new studio.
      I’m glad you can’t see my hands this morning. They are covered in cuts and scrapes – I must be more careful with those little knives πŸ™‚

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  5. Lottie, you are so talented. I love the the lino artwork. Better than having to scrub a linoleum floor! I also see that you’ve updated your blog, which is inspiring me to do the same. It might be time for me to get out of my gray period.

    I have your photo of Wilma as my wallpaper on the work computer. She makes me smile every time I look at her.

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    1. Wilma is beyond thrilled that you’ve got her picture up as your screen saver – she sends you a huge wet lick and lots of waggy tails as way of a thank you πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      and I’m pretty thrilled too that you like the prints – they are fun to make.

      as for the new theme, I’m a sucker for new layouts and I rather liked this one – it’s a bit less dark but has a similar layout which I like. I tend to change my themes about once a year to avoid boredom!

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    1. You flatter me Miss Sherry – I fear I am a long way from perfection but the journey there is fun and I’m never happier than when I’m being creative. It’s taken me almost 2 years of being here to finally knuckle down to some serious work – my head has to be in the right place, I can’t have chaos going on and I need to feel sorted. Fingers crossed that I’m now on a roll πŸ™‚ One has to grab these bursts of creativity by the horns!

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  6. Thank you very much, Steve. I appreciate your kind words. I’ve never done this before aside from one small one that I made years ago. These are 30cm square which is a nice size to work with. I’m left handed so some of the cutting tools are a pest because they are made for right-handers – I must see if I can find some second-hand ones, they will make life a lot easier!

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    1. Thank you darling. I’m not sure why I haven’t cottoned on to linocuts before, I’m really enjoying the process of drawing, cutting and printing. It’s my new favourite thing and I lie awake at night thinking of what I might do next. The only problem is that there is only a scrap of Lino left and I’m not sure where I can buy more. I need to do some research. This is when living in London would be good – all those fabulous art shops bursting with goodies!
      Lovely of you to take the time to comment – much appreciated xxx

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    1. Thank you, Melissa. I’m so sorry that I’ve only just replied to your comment. Things have been a bit hectic here and I’ve not had time for my blog but I do appreciate your very kind words. I hope all is well with you πŸ™‚

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  7. Hi Lottie – just catching up with all your comings and goings – everything looks magical in your part of the world. The little menagerie is soooo cute and your art is amazing. Love it.

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  8. I have a friend in S.A. who is a professional lino-cut artist with pieces in galleries and museums all over the place. Your pieces are amazing and measure up to his brilliantly.
    xxx Massive Hugs always xxx

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  9. Just discovered your Rioja Diaries and loved reading them. Like your Lino cuts too. Looking forward to reading progress of the residential art school project. My partner (TC) knows Pete from Leeds Poly printmaking so doubly inspired to maybe visit to see printing set-up in the spring/summer. Very best wishes for its completion. You are both very hard workers and inspiring. πŸ™‚ x

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    1. Great to hear from you, Jane and thank you for your great vote of confidence! I’m thrilled that you’ve enjoyed reading The Rioja Diaries πŸ™‚

      I read your comment out to Pete. Needless to say he’s excited about the prospect of a visit from you both. You are very welcome to stay. We are hoping the house renovations will be finished by end of April and that the studio will be up and running around the same time.

      Still lots to do but I shall be posting an update on here soon. In the meanwhile, here’s wishing you both A Very Happy And Creative 2016

      Lottie xx

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  10. Lottie, I Love these…..in particular I love the chair ! Like other people on the thread I remember doing lino cuts in art class at school, (too) many years ago….would love to try again when I come over…hopefully soon xx

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    1. Thank you xxx I shall make you a print of ‘Spanish Chair and Sunflowers’ as a house warming gift – don’t forget to remind me! Have you checked out the website yet? http://www.atelier88.es Pedro has posted all this years courses on there. We are doing a special offer in May that you might love!

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