It's been about 10 years since I've cut a lino tile. How can that be? So, frankly, I'm rusty.
But I can't tell you how fun it was to break out the old lino cutters which I have been carting around since I forgot to hand them back in to my highschool art teacher... Sorry Mrs Wagner.
I really thought that I bought a lovely Speedball set when I worked at an art shop... but no trace of that now. So, after the first cut I did a quick print run onto computer paper using the delightfully easy to clean up water-based relief ink. Unbelievably the kids were so caught up in finishing some paintings in the studio that they were actually oblivious to the fact that a precious art reunion was in progress right beside them...
And the first run also proved that I have a lot to learn. The design was less than average, so I spent each moment of the afternoon when the kids were racing round outside watching them from inside carefully carving away. They did pick up on the carving activity so I let them tag along for the second print run back up in the shed. Little Hands was the only one who made it a stressful activity. And again I am intrigued that as a parent with three little ones in tow I can work so much faster and under such a different kind of pressure than I could when I was a free and fancy (?) university student.
So here I am again, a student, but this time round the lessons are free but the time is priceless.