There are times, dear reader, when I stop and pause mid-project and think, "What the hell was I thinking?!" It's happened quite a few times over the years, generally when I've bitten off a bit more than I can chew, or more likely just get a bit too into something for my own good.

There was one piece of work - actually very small, only 100mmx00mm - that I did at Uni for a project. I was using scratchboard, a board coated in a chalky black substance that you could scratch into and leave white lines, kind of like etching in reverse. I may have gotten a little too into this technique and I stayed up all night doing the teeny tiniest cross-hatching on a couple of sharks. But damn, it looked good. Even my lecturers thought so, although they did also think I was crazy to do it and awarded me the Insanity Award as a result.

I find myself in a similar situation today. I'm still going on a project, but because of the weather the paint is taking a long time to dry between layers and it's slowing me right down, so I thought I'd give myself a bit of a break and do something else. Inspired by a tattoo I saw recently, I thought I'd whip it up quickly as a lino print and Robert would be my mother's brother.

It's a simple repeating pattern, reminiscent of Japanese repeating wave patterns, but using squares listed of semi-circles - much easier to repeat. Famous last word that: 'easy'. Well, maybe not. Drawing one of them is easy. Drawing 55 more of them was a little bit dull, I'll admit. Cutting out the negative space is again, quite easy, but also boring and repetitive. But I'll get there! And when it's done, I'll have (hopefully!) a cool background to use on the actual subject of the print.

But for now I'm having a bit of a break and a cup of well-earned tea,

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