04 May 2018

Behind the scenes of the Folklore exhibition: the making of “Mermaid” by Caroline Stengl

The Folklore exhibition is on from May 2 to 13 at the Coast Collective Art Centre, with a meet-the-artists reception on the evening of Friday, May 4 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.  This show celebrates folklore and mythology  with artwork of heroes and monsters, gods and spirits, underworlds and otherworlds, origins and endings, stories meaningful and fanciful, and everything between.

And in the spirit of sharing knowledge and stories, Caroline Stengl, one of the exhibition’s artists, has decided to share the process she used to create her piece, Mermaid, which is a linocut print with acrylic washes on paper.  The following images show the story of this piece from its original sketch to finished work of art.

The original sketchbook doodle this piece came from


Working up the drawing using tracing paper


The original drawing


Going over the final drawing with graphite in preparation for transfer to the lino plate


Working on carving the plate




Acrylic washes


Mmmm colours!


Washes are still wet


Colour colour everywhere…


Printing… And complete!  “Mermaid” by Caroline Stengl, linocut printmaking with acrylic washes on paper, 10×12


Visit the Folklore exhibition before 5:00pm on Sunday, May 13 to see this piece and many more at the Coast Collective Art Centre.

Exhibitions are always free to attend.

Comment List

  • robin ledrew May 4, 2018

    absolutely charming!

  • Chris May 4, 2018

    Thanks for sharing this process with us!


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