Hi, I'm an Edinburgh-based printmaker Masha Tiplady, welcome to my website.
Here you'll find information about my work, the processes I use, and a selection of original linoprints to browse and buy.
I work in printmaking technique called linocut, which involves chiseling a design into a linoleum surface that is then inked with a brayer and produces an image. I hand-print all my linocuts, one by one, using a custom built printing press, or, more often, just with the back of a wooden spoon. That means that there can be slight differences between the prints in the same edition depending on the amount of ink, the pressure I applied etc, making each print unique.
Most of my linocuts are multi-coloured and there are different ways to achieve that. Sometimes, I cut a separate lino plate for each colour and then carefully register them and print on top of each other to achieve the colour I want. I also often use a "reduction technique", developed by Picasso as a way of making a multi-layered linocut from a single block. The block is carved and then printed in the first colour, it is then cleaned, carved again and printed in the second colour and so on. At each stage of the process the size of the printing area is reduced, hence the name. With this cutting method, the block of lino is destroyed in the process so the edition can never be reprinted.
For more details on the process, as well as updates on new work in progress please see the Blog section.
Please also check my accounts on Facebook and Instagram, as well as my Etsy store - I occasionally have print giveaways and other special offers.