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Linocut Printmaking

Lino Printing is a relief printmaking process, I love the accessibility and directness of this process. Here I share a little more information about linocut printing.

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A new image or design is created through sketching and painting. The image is then drawn onto or transferred to the lino block - the image is reversed at this point.

An often overlooked part of the process is preparing the paper. I use a range of wonderful printmaking papers which I carefully prepare and tear to size. For reduction prints the paper also needs to be registered so that each layer of inking lines up precisely.

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Once the paper and block are prepared, ink is rolled on using a brayer and the paper laid face down onto the inked block.

The print is then pressed, this can be hand burnished using a baren or by running the block and paper through a press. I vary between these methods depending on the print and the effect I am aiming to create. 

Then the magical moment when you peel back the print for the first time...

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