FRESH INK No. 1: Doug Frost, aka @Dougmouse

I went to many print fairs in 2017, and what struck me was the breadth of experience at them – you’d have established artists who were 40 years or so into their careers, alongside those just starting out, with maybe only one or two items to show the public.

I love them both, but thought I should start to shine a light on newcomers to the printmaking/linocut world – and one I found (through Instagram) was Doug Frost. So here’s how things have been going for him…

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“I signed up for a lino course at Whitehawk Inn in Brighton back in January 2015. I was looking for something new to try for the New Year. My thrill at the first ‘reveal’ got me hooked, and although I don’t work on it all the time, I dip in now and again when the urge gets too strong.

“It’s a bit of a joke at home that I’ve spent more time on courses than I have actually doing the art, but I enjoy learning, and lino is the one medium that I’ve stuck with. I’ve done a weekend colour linoprint course with Nick Morley – aka Linocutboy – in Margate which was fantastic.

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“I’m not very imaginative, and feel I’m more technical, which is why I enjoy lino so much more than say, drawing or painting. I’ve copied artists I admire, like Angie Lewin, used photos I’ve taken in Brighton, while the Mexican mask was suggested by a friend so I searched Pinterest for inspiration. I also like the style of tattoos and 50s print.

“You get happy accidents too. For my latest Christmas card I mixed glitter gloop into my paint and it didn’t mix well, but the blotchy result was quite effective. I don’t sell at the moment, but once I get a style nailed down I hope to start entering into Open Houses during the Brighton festival.

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“We have a galley kitchen with a long worktop which is perfect unless someone’s trying to make dinner. I used to rub with a spoon, but after reading a post here on Probably Prints about Steve Shaw with his Xcut Xpress, I got one, and I’m converted. I’d love a cast iron book press but it’s not practical in a flat…”

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Check out Doug’s work on Instagram as @dougmouse

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