My Dad, Arthur J. Penn, is a visual artist currently focusing on printmaking. Today, I'm sharing a short video [1 min 15] that we made of him going through the printmaking process.
It's interesting to learn from other creatives about how they work and, of course, visual art is far more physical than writing.
The printmaking process breaks down into:
- Collecting inspiration and ideas. In this example, Dad uses plants and objects from his Cotswold house and garden.
- Making sketches from real life or from photographs and deciding how the print will look. Perhaps equivalent to outlining.
- Cutting the lino block. It's difficult to go back after this point. Not something that is a problem for writers as we can always edit again!
- Rolling the ink onto the block and printing. Then letting the ink dry … and the print is done! I was holding my breath at this point since that inking and printing bit needs steady hands!
Arthur J. Penn's handmade prints are available for sale at his website, www.ArthurJPenn.com. You can also find An English Country House and Garden Fine Art adult coloring book we made together here on Amazon, and there's also a companion adult coloring notebook.
Watch the video below or here on YouTube:
If you have any comments or questions, please do leave them below! Thanks 🙂