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'Warty Toad'

toad linocut print

'Warty Toad' is a reduction linocut, printed onto 145gsm Zerkall paper. Toads are one of my favourite animals (you can see me with one on the 'About' page) so expect a few more toad prints to be coming soon!

One thing I particularly like about this print is the organic background shape - something I must remember to do more of.

Like many of my prints the first stage in creating this print was to draw out the design. Once happy with the drawing I transfer it on to the lino using the 'carbon transfer method' whereby I trace over the image in pencil and then turn this over and rub the back (either with a pencil or 'bone folder') to transfer the graphite to the lino surface. I then trace this with a permanent fine liner to make the lines clearer.

This is an example of a 'reduction' print, meaning that more of the lino is carved away for each successive layer of ink. This means there is no going back if a mistake is made!

You can see the print at a mid-point below, before the final two layers of ink have been added.


toad lino carving
toad lino process

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 six prints.

Actual print size: 26.5 x 18cm
Paper size: 38 x 26.5cm

toad lino print
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