Frequently Asked Questions
Most frequent questions and answers
Why are your art prints are more expensive than ones I see online?
All of my art prints are made using hand-carved printing blocks and are pressed by hand.The process is time consuming and laborious and the resulting editions are limited in quantity. As a matter of fact, unlike digital reproductions, all handmade art prints are considered to be original pieces of art, just like paintings. In addition, I use only high-quality materials
ARE YOUR MATERIALS ECO-FRIENDLY?
Whenever possible, I use eco-friendly and ethically sourced materials for my prints and packaging. Many of the papers that I use are handmade with recycled or waste fibers, such as recycled cotton rag or banana leaves. In addition, I use plant oil-based printmaking inks and no solvents. My plastic-free and eco-friendly packaging is mostly made out of recycled materials, and it can be reused and recycled.
WHAT IS LINOCUT?
Linocut is a printmaking technique in which a design is being carved into a block of linoleum (lino), and used as a stamp to create multiple impressions of the same design. Because the entire process is done by hand, these impressions, called “linocuts”, all carry their own unique characteristics, and are considered to be original pieces of art.
WHAT TOOLS ARE NEEDED FOR MAKING LINOCUTS ?
The most important tools and materials that you’ll need are the linoleum, carving tools, ink, ink roller (brayer), paper, and a baren (a spoon will also work) or a press for transferring the image from the block to paper.
HOW DO I GET SUCH FINE LINES AND DETAILS?
I use very small and very sharp tools. My smallest tool is only 0.5 mm wide U shaped Pfeil linocut tool.
WHAT INSPIRES YOUR ARTWORK?
My love for nature, plants and animals is strongly present in my work. I draw inspiration from various art styles and cultures. I love discovering new influences, and implementing them into my work.
ANY CUTTING TIPS FOR BEGINNERS?
To get a hang of how the tools work, I recommend sacrificing a piece of lino just to test your tools first. Try the different V and U shape tools to see how they work for straight or curvy lines, how to make deep and shallow cuts, and how to make fine lines and clear large areas.
Always cut away from your hands and body to avoid accidentally cutting yourself!
Keep in mind that the areas that you cut away will not be printed, and the areas that are left, will take the ink. Pay attention to where you cut because it’s easy to get carried away and cut out wrong areas.
Lastly, keep your tools sharp. Although sharp tools might sound more intimidating, they are actually less likely to slip.
DO YOU HAVE A PHYSICAL LOCATION OR ART GALLERY?
Unfortunately, I don’t currently have a physical location to display my art. Should the situation change, you can receive a notification about it by subscribing to my newsletter on my home page.
HOW CAN I CARE FOR MY NEWLY PURCHASED ART PRINTS?
As a rule of thumb, keep the prints at room temperature, and avoid high humidity and direct sunlight.
I’M LOOKING FOR ARTISTS TO COLLABORATE WITH. WOULD YOU BE INTERESTED?
I am always interested to hear about collaboration opportunities. Please don’t hesitate to propose your ideas! You can do so by sending me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org