Thursday, 26 June 2014

George Weil Art Shop & Craft Supplies

Directions to George Weil & Sons Ltd
You can order your art and craft supplies from our website but if you prefer to visit, we are open weekdays between 9:30 am and 4:30 pm and on Saturdays from 9:30 am until 5:00 pm. You can find us on the A3100 halfway between Godalming and Guildford in Surrey.

A small selection of the products available from George Weil are photographed below.

Merino Wool Tops for Felt Making and Spinning

Merino Wool Tops in warehouse
Large range of artists pastels

Pencils and pastels

Paper for watercolour, drawing, pastels, inks and acrylics
Papers for watercolour, drawing, pastels, inks and acrylics

Paper and card in a selection of colours and weights

Colourful paper and card 
Shelves full of acrylic, watercolour and oil paints

  Shelves full of artists paints

Wool yarns for knitting, crochet and weaving
Silk, wool, cotton and linen yarns for knitting, crochet and weaving

A corner of our show room
A small corner of our Aladdin's cave - natural and dyed wool and silk fibres and felt making equipment

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Different Types of Lino Cutters

There are two types of lino cutters available from George Weil.

The traditional lino cutter requires you to push the blade away from you in order to cut the block.  It is important to keep your hands well away from the moving blade in case the blade should slip while cutting.  The blades for the handle in our photograph are held in the handle with a tightened chuck fitting.

How to cut a lino block
Lino Cutter with 10 blades
A traditional lino cutter set including 10 blades, the different types
of blades will carry out different degrees and widths of cut.
Wooden handled lino cutter set
A wooden handle with push-in blades
The blades used in the Speedball Linozip Safety Cutter have been designed so that they cut the lino with a pulling motion, much in the same way you would peel an apple or a potato.  This means that the handle is held more securely giving better and safer control, see below.

Close-up of the Linozip Safety Cutter in use
Lino block being cut on a bench hook
Linozips Safety Cutter in use with the Bench Hook / Inking Plate
which keeps the block still while it is being cut
The Speedball Linozip Cutter
The angled blades for the Linozip cutter are
designed to work by pulling towards the body. 

Transferring a Design onto a Lino Block

There are a number of techniques for transferring a design on to a lino block. Here is a simple method using a clip-art from your computer or an image from the internet.

Traced design with 4B pencil

Using a soft lead pencil, draw a heavy outline around the image.

Reverse of traced image

The image above shows the reverse of the paper and the indentation from the pencil outline.  The design is placed over the lino block and the pencil marks are transferred onto the block by rubbing over the surface of the paper with the end of the pencil.

The transfer of the soft graphite onto the block, below.

Design on lino block

To create the printing block, the areas of lino that will not be needed can be shaded in with the pencil to indicate which parts need to be removed with the cutter.  This will help to prevent miscutting lino when working with a complicated design.  

Below shows the Speedball Linozip Safety Cutter where the blade is pulled towards you as opposed to the traditional method of pushing it away, see our post about different types of lino cutters.

Cutting the lino block