create a linocut
my aim is to transcribe a visual and an emotion into engraving. I dive into my photos taken in Japan and redraw the ones I like. Those for which memories and an atmosphere resurface. I then try to bring as much detail as necessary to make the visual conform to reality while stylizing and bringing movement to the composition using different gouges.
Tools and materials for my linocut
For this purpose
I use several linocut gouges
. A 0.5 mm Komasuki “u” gouge, two Pfeil gouges and a set of Mikisyo Japanese gouges that cover a wide range of cuts, which is very well suited to experienced profiles or even to begin linocutting at a lower cost.
In order to obtain beautiful prints, I start by
making my own paper
in my workshop. Depending on the desired result, I create a paper more or less thick and textured. Making your own paper requires time because several steps are necessary, which is why the handmade paper option is more expensive than the smooth paper option.
For those who want a smooth paper, I use a 100% recyclable high quality paper, made in France and FSC & Ecolabel certified. This label means that the production of this paper promotes ecologically sustainable and appropriate forest management, which is an important criterion for me. Whether I print my creations on this 250g paper with a light satin finish or on handmade paper, I attach to the back of each linocut its certificate of authenticity signed, dated and stamped.
I also offer my creations on Washi or Wenzhou paper, which are very fine. On these papers, the certificate is on a separate sheet.
I also use inks for relief printing with high coverage for deep blacks and vibrant colors that stay that way over time. These
special savings size inks
are washable with either soapy water or vegetable oil, which is once again environmentally friendly.
Concerning the shipping, each linocut, once signed and completed with its certificate of authenticity, is inserted in a recyclable protective film that protects it from humidity. This pouch is then wrapped in a neat, hand-made packaging, then the whole is shipped in a rigid envelope to avoid any deterioration of the linocut during transport. I choose not to send my linocuts in cardboard tubes so that they arrive flat to the buyer.