After trying out other materials, I went back to lino. Still wanting to do another self-portrait by Gauguin, but aware of the difficulty of doing anything but straight lines with anything that would cut deeply enough to make an impression. But I tried again. If the course designer could inscribe a floor tile with a nail, surely I could inscribe a bit of lino with one! Well, yes I could, and I could also sandpaper it, and use the edge of a scissors on it, but, the fact remained that I couldn’t make any significant marks or anything worth printing when I wasn’t restricting myself to straight lines. At this point I felt I wanted to give it up and move on. I have produced images I am pleased with by using other markmaking tools. That’s not what’s asked for in the assignment though, for some reason. Instead, one is supposed to produce something that shows contrasting markmaking. I have tried that in the Gauguin “Self-portrait with Yellow Christ” picture already and hoped to improve on that one, but don’t seem to be able to.