It's a long time ago that I started the linocut of the three hares. Nearly three years in fact. Sometimes things get put on the back burner. But for my Sabbath crafting this week I decided to revisit the project.
One of the reasons why it was put on hold was that I was having trouble with blunt lino cutting tools. The image was not defined enough when I did a test print. It's only recently that I've perfected my sharpening skills using a whetstone, honing compound and a slip strop. The tools cuts as if they are going through butter now. I must have got the technique right.
It's going to take a little while to tart up my lino plate so you're going to have to wait even longer for the finished result. I hope it'll be worth it. I looked back through old posts and there's plenty of hares in progress so I'm not going over old ground. Instead here's a medley of leporids that I spied whilst having lunch at a posh garden centre with my friend Brenda the other day. I knew that this image might come in handy!