This year I added the last one to the series:
|First proof of 'Manchester Old & New III'
This linocut complements numbers one and two, shown below:
|'Manchester Old & New II' (on the left) and 'Manchester Old & New I'
For the whole set I chose to use 'Easy Cut Vinyl'. I buy the type I use online from Artesaver. You can see the plate during and at the end of cutting:
|Part-way through cutting - with marker pen clearly visible on the easy cut vinyl plate
|The finished 15cm x 5 cm plate with cutters
The feel of the vinyl is certainly different and pieces of cut lino do not 'ping' out, as they would with traditional lino. You have to finish the cut and allow the tools to rise to the surface. For me, it has it's place and sometimes I chose traditional lino and other times I choose easy cut lino, depending on the project. For reduction linocuts, for example, I'm more likely to use traditional lino, as the process is a one-off and the lino is finished with at the end.
Here I've summarised some of the advantages I find in the easy cut vinyl I use:
It's robust and does not deteriorate - so good for longer editions or returning to a plate later
- Plates can de cleaned in washing up water
- The very first print comes off clean and crisp
- You can achieve fine detail, as well as you can with traditional lino
- There is no hessian backing to release small fibres
- It's probably slightly cheaper and comes in a range of sizes
- It's easier to cut, especially in the cold