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Lino Print Inspiration

I had such a positive reaction to my lino cut tutorial I posted earlier this week. I hope that I have inspired a few of you to have a go for yourselves. To give you a bit of inspiration I have found a few prints to show you from some of the amazing sellers on Folksy. These are all one tone prints like the one that I did, I hope you like them.

This beautiful spring daffodil print Billet Doux by Emma Higgins.

http://folksy.com/items/3261594-Daffodil-Lino-Print

I love the striking colour of this flower print by Art by Jools Yasities
http://folksy.com/items/3164270-Turquoise-Garden-Lino-Print

Such a simple but very effective balloon design by Anne Thomas of thelinoprinter
http://folksy.com/items/3124914-Balloons-Original-Lino-Print-Purple

The effect of the light in this woodland print is so amazing even in just a black and white print by Vanillaa
http://folksy.com/items/3104050-Through-the-Woods-Lino-cut-

This little badger print is so cute by Nina Martel of Martell Mundo
http://folksy.com/items/2971414-Badger-Lino-Print-Card-Any-Occassion-

Something a little more abstract by Alison Gibson of SkyBlueView Jewellery and Art
http://folksy.com/items/3086990-Squares-grey-black-graphic-abstract-acrylic-lino-print

These are just a small selection of the different types of one tone lino prints that you can create. If you love the images produced from lino cuts but are not ready to become an obsessive lino printer yourself why not check out these wonderful artists and many more on Folksy http://folksy.com and support British handmade.

The handmade Union Jack

I have officially joined the craze of the Union Jack today. I have made and listed my very own Union Jack Cushion on my Folksy shop:

http://folksy.com/items/3268702-Handmade-Union-Jack-Cushion-

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Flags have always been popular and especially as a tourist anywhere you realise the amount of merchandise out there from mugs and fridge magnets to tea towels and every school girls favourite, the eraser. This year especially with the Queens Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics being held in London the demand for British inspired products is massive.

The handmade market is definitely not new to the use of the Union jack image but recently there has been an explosion in the variety of products available. There are some truly beautiful creations out there from the very traditional to the more unusual colour combinations. There are products to suit every taste.
This is a gorgeous creation on the miss mustard seed definitely would be a statement piece:

http://missmustardseed.com/2011/01/union-jack-dresser/

I think sometimes when we use an image that is so well known and loved we can forget the history behind the image. The flag combines the crosses of England and Wales (The cross of St George), Scotland (The cross saltire of St Andrew) and Ireland (The cross saltire of St Partick). The Welsh dragon does not appear as when the first Union Flag was created in 1606, Wales was already united with England and no longer a separate principality.

The origins of the flag can be seen from the standards used in warfare such as by the Roman Legions and the Middle Ages where flags were used as heraldic devices in battle to distinguish the sides. Later during the early 17th Century it was customary and then a legal requirement for ships to carry flags designating their nationality.

Some of my favourite designs from Folksy:

Designed by Suzanne Orme this is a beautiful stained glass Union Jack:
http://folksy.com/items/2970386-Union-Jack

A lovely little pocket mirror to carry around with you by Rebecca Miles:
http://folksy.com/items/3151762-Union-Jack-Handbag-Mirror

A lovely cushion with alternative colours designed by Lydia Brearley:
http://folksy.com/items/3190454-Handmade-Union-Jack-Cushion

A quirky mini inspired cushion by Stacey Clarkson:
http://folksy.com/items/2881974-Union-Jack-Mini-Cushion-