'Leopard Slugs' is a five layer reduction linocut, printed onto 145gsm Zerkall paper. The leopard slug (Limax maximus) is the largest slug in the world. They are native to the UK but don’t worry, they don’t eat living plants, as they eat mainly dead and rotting vegetation along with fungi, which helps recycle nutrients and fertilise the soil. They are omnivores and will even hunt down other slugs!
Like most of my prints the first stage in creating this print was to draw out the design. I had found some leopard slugs in the garden earlier in the year and done a 'photo shoot' with them, so had plenty of references!
When it was time to transfer the drawing to the lino I actually changed the design slightly by transferring the slugs in slightly different positions than I had originally envisioned.
One unique thing about this print is that the backgrounds were sponged directly onto the lino and printed from there without the need for any carving. As this was done afresh for each print they are all slightly different, which I love.
And here is the finished print. Printed on 145gsm Zerkall paper with Cranfield Caligo safe wash oil-based ink.
This is a limited edition of just 7 prints.
Paper size: 38 x 26.5cm