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Linoleum Block Printing 101
Transcript of Linoleum Block Printing 101
Image drawn or printed to fit size of
Graphite pencil (wood, not mechanical)
Cutting tools (gouges)
Bench hook/inking plate
Water based ink
Baren or burnisher
Transfer image onto linoleum block
Pencil images can be transferred directly onto the block.
If the image is computer-generated, draw over the image with graphite pencil.
Place the image pencil side down onto the block.
Burnish the back of the image to transfer the image onto the block.
Letterforms should be backwards on block face.
Align graphite image to block and burnish to transfer image to block.
With linoleum block cutting tools, outline image and remove negative space from the block.
Watch a live demo before using tools! Tools must be checked out and returned each class period.
When the block is completely cut, test print the block on paper using black ink. This is called an artist's proof.
Apply ink to surface of block with a brayer.
Ink coating should be even and thin.
Place paper on top of the inked block and burnish evenly with a baren or spoon.
Peel paper slowly from block
to reveal printed image.
Watch a printing demo for proper technique!
Apply ink to block
Reveal printed image
Study artist's proof and recut block to fix problem areas, add detail, or alter image as desired.
Print an edition of 10 prints
Ink should be uniform on each print.
Prints should be free from smudges and fingerprints.
Printed images should have equal margins on paper.
Printed images should be straight and centered on paper.
Prints should be signed and numbered.
Observe demo on how to sign and number prints in an edition.
Now that you see how the process works, create a cool design or image to cut and print.
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