I really enjoyed taking part, gave my posts something to focus on. I look forward to any similar challenges in the future.
Bit of a long post but I hope you enjoy it.
Below are all 31 days with some added bits. :-)
Additional text: These are the tools I use regularly. Other useful tools not pictured are my sharpening stones and my printing press.
Additional text: Since then I have required some more plants. Just had to be done. I really can't help myself :-)
Additional text: I forgot to add the materials I print onto. For my plant prints I use Japanese Simli paper from www.greatart.co.uk or John Purcell Papers. When textile printing I try and use a fine weave and 100% cotton.
Additional text: mmm I was a little bit grumpy that day wasn't I? :-)
I normally draw directly onto the lino with pencil, rubbing out and redrawing until I get the image right before going over the design with a marker pen. The pen doesn't come off when cleaning the block in between layers. In the picture above I had drawn onto paper the same size of the Lino block and then traced on. The Lino was painted white so I could see the traced lines. For each layer I will colour in the area I am going to cut away, this again makes it easier not to chop off the wrong bit, especially if the design is complicated like the one pictured. Then once cutting is done then print.
The Why part of the orginal answer stands, yep why not :-)
Additional text: Image was taken from a internet search
Photographer unknown. If you know them please let me know so I can credit them.
Additional text: I'm glad to say I am now a proud owner of a large basket bag. It was given to me as a thank you for cat/house sitting for a friend. I absolutely love it. Now saving my pennies to buy a basket or two :-)
Additional text: The postcard in the image is David Hockneys 'A Bigger Splash', 1967, Acrylic on Canvas. I was sat by the Thames after having a wander around the galleries of Tate Modern. I thought my view mirrored the postcard very well. The bright blue sky, the buildings and the body of water at the front, though the Thames was looking more brown than blue :-)
Additional text: I took this photo at Kew Gardens last summer. I remember taking this photo because as I was taking it a woman stopped me to say she liked my dress and how colourful I was looking :-)
Additional text: Jo's website johounsomephotography.co.uk