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Make linoprint art

DIY

by Panduro

Make linoprint art

Make linoprint art

How to instructions

  • 1

    Start by sketching your design on linoleum tile. When you print your design, it will come out as a mirror image.

  • 2

    Place the tile on a cutting mat and then carve out your design using a lino cutter. There are various types of carving tools for producing various types of cuts and widths. Important: Always carve in a direction away from your other hand. Bear in mind that any sections you carve away will be unprinted on the print itself. That means you always carve away what you what to leave blank.

  • 3

    Squeeze out linoprint paint onto a plexiglass plate or the like and disperse the paint using a lino roller or foam rubber roller until it is soft and smooth.

  • 4

    Roller the paint onto the plate.

  • 5

    Place your printing paper on the plate and now roll it with a clean lino roller (rubber roller) to transfer your design to the paper.

Lino printing is a graphic arts technique where you cut designs in linoleum that can then be used for printing on paper. You can use the same design over and over using the same linocut. Remember to wash your linocut clean every time you finish printing with it. You can choose to do your carving in Soft, which is an easy-cut soft linoleum block or Profi, which is slightly harder ‘battleship’ lino. Everything you carve out will remain unprinted when you do the linoprint. You can also carve out a complete design motif, meaning cut away the background to make a stamp or block for printing with.

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