I decided to splurge and buy a couple of better quality lino cutting tools. I got u-shaped tools as the person selling them said they were easier to use than the others I was looking at. As I am such a beginner at this technique, I decided to take his advice.
They are certainly much easier to use, and will do much finer work, than the cheaper tools I already had. They were the sort used in schools, good enough to do the job but not high quality. What public school can afford the best quality in class sets? I only got two as I am not sure where I am going with this technique and how much fabric I want to produce.
I went back to the Uluru tile and cut away the sky part. I still need to cut more away but thought I would do it in stages. It is easy enough to cut away but impossible to put bits back.
Then I started working on an image I copied from a photo I took in France last year. It is perfect for practising my texture mark making. So far I haven't done all the mark making. I thought that, once again, I would print it in stages, just to see the differences. More work to be done on this.
Then I tried a small tile. I took a photo of gum blossom and traced that. I need to cut more of the background out - again. I suppose I will get a better feel for how much to cut off when I get more experienced.