I have written five art and craft books since my very first book, Learning Linocut, was self-published in 2011.
On this page you will find some information about what these books are, why I love to write and how I got started with writing.
Signed copies of my books are available to buy in my online shop (UK delivery only).
I truly love writing, creating art and sharing my knowledge, so publishing art books is something, for me, that ticks all the boxes. I also LOVE to work on a massive project and like many creative people I need a deadline to actually finish things.
I have self-published four of these books, which essentially means doing everything yourself, from writing the text and creating the projects to typesetting, proofreading and editing. As the years have progressed I have asked people better at things like proofreading and design to help me out and in 2016 was very lucky to have a book proposal accepted by Search Press, a specialist arts publisher here in the UK. With Search Press we created Beginner’s Guide to Linocut, which is a project based-book all about linocut printing.
And I will let you into a secret… I’ll be publishing with them again in 2022!
I write these books with the genuine intension of inspiring others to create. Creativity is within us all and sometimes it just needs a few simple instructions and a little focus (like a project from a book) to come on out. I personally gain so much from creating and making things and am very fortunate to have seen so many readers and students over the years do that too.
Learning Linocut, which was my first book came about almost by accident. I intended to simply learn how to use Adobe InDesgin and thought what better way than to put together a big project (a book) that combines all of the worksheets, projects and tips that I used at workshops. This for me was an exercise of learning and a way to provide a better hand-out to have available for students in my classes. The aim wasn’t to create a ‘best-selling book’ but simply educate and help.
Back then there were very few books on linocut and block printing, so I think I was very lucky with timing and to be the first person in this new market and also to explore self-publishing in its early days. Since then so many wonderful books on this topic (and crafts in general) have been published and self-publishing is far more accessible than ever.
And since that very first book was published every few years I get an idea (just like an itch that needs to be scratch) and a new books get created.
Sketchbook Challenge: 100 Prompts for Everyday Drawing is my new book to be published through Search Press in 2022. I am curently in the process of writing this book and more details will be coming soon!