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A recent character doodle, based on many years exploring Dublin City Centre


1916 Letters

I was in Dun Laoghaire recently (Co. Dublin – gorgeous little town!) and I picked up a spongey little canvas in a new shop which has opened there called Sorstrene Grene.

It is a nice little shop, and worth a visit if you’re there – I also picked up modelling paste, gesso, some brushes, a couple of little boxes for organising my lino printing materials – some collage tissues, tea light candles and whatever else caught my eye!!

dream 31‘Letters, 1916’ Mixed media on canvas

We are all a bit obsessed with 1916 at the moment it being the centenary, and whilst browsing through the newspaper whilst sitting beside my new art supplies I saw these lovely little handwritten letters. I decided to capture them and ended up making the above piece. There is slight yellowing happening which I actually quite like given the age of the letters, however if I was to do something like this again I would need to look into priming the delicate newspaper pieces in order to preserve their coloring.

Another nice little experiment which I think looks rather pleasing and I like that it has a bit of history to it. It’s also my first foray with canvas in a while which I felt was quite nice. What do you think? Any tips?

x Tor

This piece is a bit shorter than A4 in size.

Heart Kites Monoprint


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Reverse of page:dream 19

I was having a mess evening in the studio some weeks back and after doing some spot lino prints and carbon paper print experiments I felt like getting a bit messier. So I cracked out the red lino printing ink (recently purchased from Evans art supplies in Dublin), and just went ahead and did this print.

Shown here is the reverse of the image where you can see the pencil marks.

For anyone reading who doesn’t understand mono printing or who has not yet tried it, you roll ink with a brayer onto a sheet of perspex or glass, ‘float’ paper onto that surface making sure not to touch or rub on it – then take a blunt implement or pencil, or texture to the back of the paper (seen above here with the blue and black) – and then this applies pressure into the inked surface, thus giving you a print!

It is a fun, easy and simple thing to do and I recommend it just for a bit of relaxation and for interests sake.

Again, not sure what I will do with as it being a test print does not have great care or consideration in the paper choice unfortunately. It is from an A3 Moleskine notebook however as you will see there are torn corners, and marks on the paper which would effect it’s framing.

Not sure what I will do with this – but I enjoyed the process!
It inspired some miniature gift cards, which I will show in a later post. They will be in the etsy shop and I think they are quite cute if I may say so myself!!


x Tor

Lino Print Test

I found a beautiful book in the library some time ago now and decided to make my own version of the cover in a lino print. This was a bit of an experiment. It is A3 in size, and I can see now that I could have done with burnishing the paper better, as well as possibly doing a reduction print.

With this being the first layer print, my understanding of reduction prints is that the first layer would be the lightest, with the colours gradually getting darker, and finally printing on the darkest colour to add the darkest parts.

Not bad for a couple of tries in to lino cutting but there’s  a ways to go yet. I like the detail to the right hand side where there is a bit of a swirl effect, and I like the marks at the top of the print where the cream colour comes into the black. If I can work on developing cuts like that I would be happy with progress in this area, I think!


Due to it’s unusual dimensions it might look wonky framed. There are ‘dead’ areas in the design which I think would have far too much space if this was mounted and framed.

Does it go in the bin?

What does one do with test prints and education based print runs? Surely everythings education. Hmm!

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