Let it go and move on

In the interests of full transparency, I make mistakes. I know. Shocking, isn’t it?

Since there’s no undo button in printing, that little “double-tap” mark could be sitting on the drying rack undermining my confidence in my ability to make any decent prints, ever again.

But I choose (and it is a choice) not to catastrophise and think like that. Instead, I let it go and move on to the next print.

I used to be a perfectionist and believed that it would take years to learn how to let things go…

And then one day I realised that it’s a choice how you react to an event. The event itself has no meaning other than what you’re ascribing to it. Revelation!

I mean, don’t get me wrong, I’m still human: if I’m tired, or hungry, or stressed it’s not always easy to make like a Zen master and let it go, but with practice the little “Oh poo!” followed by a shrug and acceptance becomes your default reaction.

I think what I’m trying to say is, be kind to yourself. Printing is fraught with jeopardy, especially when you’re printing a block with loads of detail on new paper that is stiffer than you’re used to, and that doesn’t fall smoothly.

Let it go and move on, your self confidence will thank you.

Cherry blossom in relief

A lino tile with a cherry blossom design carved into it. The pencil drawn outlines remain dark against the pale interior of the lino tile where it has been carved away. Although the tile is a mere 2.5mm deep, the ridges and furrows of the cut marks are catching the raking light that is falling on to the lino plate from the left hand side. As the light is low, the contrast between the light and dark sections is more obvious than it would be earlier in the day.

There’s a reason they call it relief printing. This blossom in raking light looks almost sculptural.

It’s also the reason I’ve been a bit quiet: the blossom is just a section of a new print that I’m working on.

Still a few days of fiddly, meditative carving left to go.