Lynne Roebuck (Handwritten) 
Making linocut/lino prints

What is a linocut, lino or linoleum print?

Original print art…

Linocut, lino or linoleum prints are made by carving into a block of lino/linoleum. Not the flooring lino, but an artist's lino which is specially made for the art.

In brief, a block of lino is cut, then inked and put through a press. Linocuts are what's called: original prints. The distinctive thing about original prints is that they are not made by pressing a 'print' button on a computer or printing machine. Lino cutting is just one way of making original prints.

Below is a visual step-by-step I'm developing which hopefully helps you understand what a lino print is

How Linocut prints are made, in pictures:

A sketch of the statue in Whitby

1. Sketch a design & 2. plan the colours
Different sizes of lino in a box

3. Cut lino block to size
Stack of paper and lino blocks

4. Cut paper to size
Burnisher, drawing and lino

5. Transfer design to lino
Partly inked drawing

6. 'Fix' the drawing on the lino
Creating a positioning template

7. Set up the press
Lino block partly carved

8. Carve the lino
Matching colour to planned

9. Mix the ink/colour
Large inked roller next to inked block

10. Ink the lino block
Inked block and freshly printed paper peeling back

11. Put through the press
Prints hanging above the press

12. Put the print to dry
Lino block being cleaned of ink

…Clean up