How Linocut prints are made, in pictures:
1. Sketch a design & 2. plan the colours
3. Cut lino block to size
4. Cut paper to size
5. Transfer design to lino
6. 'Fix' the drawing on the lino
7. Set up the press
8. Carve the lino
9. Mix the ink/colour
10. Ink the lino block
11. Put through the press
12. Put the print to dry
- Repeat steps 10, 11 and 12 for each of the other prints in the edition… so 24 times for an edition of 25 prints.
- Repeat 7 steps starting at step 7 and ending at 'clean-up' for each colour…
- Do a little jig and treat yourself to a nice cuppa with a job well done!
Hopefully this begins to give you an idea what linocuts, lino or linoleum prints are, by seeing how they are made. I'm always looking to improve these images so am likely to change some.
Examples of my lino prints
The equipment used to make linocuts
Notice the absence of anything with a plug attached…
Printmakers tools collected together
Linocut and woodcut tools
More linocutting tools
Rollers for inking lino
My printmaker's press
Usually an Albion press is used to print lino art, which is specifically designed for block printmaking techniques. I didn't have the funds or the space for one, so I use a small benchtop etching press instead. All the lino prints on this website have been made using the press illustrated above – so far. The biggest size of linocut I can print using my press is about 305mm/12" wide, though I can make long prints.
I have recently invested in something called a 'baren' which will mean I can make prints that are too big to put through my small press. I'll explain more once I've tried it out!