Newly arrived through the post is a five metre roll of lino from Lawrence Art Supplies
It’s so long that the only place that I can unroll it properly is in our hall at home.
With the helpful supervision of the dog, of course……
Next I spend a few happy hours on my knees, with a steel rule, set square and Stanley knife, cutting it into more manageable sections (and with hardly any weeping, swearing or shouting).
Finally, weary and battle-scarred, I stagger upstairs with it all and store it under the bed…..
Well, another vital job done and definitely worth a large glass of wine, I think….
This is great to see lino on such a big scale and how you tackle it. I have used lino only in the smaller pre cut rectangles.
If I want to cut out an awkward shape in the lino – what kind of knife (or how to cut it) do you recommend as I am having problems trying to cut smaller shapes as the hessian background is quite tough?
I'm also a printmaker and painter. I can identify with your post. Cutting sheets of linoleum and storing it under the bed! And feeling wine is a good reward for the job completed!
It's funny how much of your working life is so familiar that you don't register how odd some of it is – not the (too frequent) glass of wine though…
I just use a very sharp stanley knife, Jacqui, and keep scoring the lino until I can bend it over. Then I cut through the hessian at the back. If it's an odd shape, then I sand down the edges afterwards. It's not easy …
Thank you Gail for the information about cutting through the lino – I have been using a craft knife – but hadn't thought about trying to sand it down after if I wanted it to be smoother.