Little Lino Block Tutorial
There is soooo much that you can do with printmaking, the very broad medium that allows you to make multiples of one image.
Most people think of printmaking as linoleum blocks, the thing you probably learned in an art class somewhere. I can definitely remember my very first linoleum block, back in 7th grade. It was JFK. I was taking a class on the assassination and was a bit obsessed at the time, I suppose. I remember the abomination that was his nose. I tell my students about that horrible nose to this day. Maybe some day I will locate and scan those prints and post 'em here. Or not.
But printmaking isn't only about linoluem blocks, though it's my favorite method for printing right now. There are stencils, there are potatoes and sponges and random found objects, there's transfers, etching, lithography, and serigraphy-- all fun things to play around with, some requiring more equipment than others.
So I have been using EZ Kut blocks from blick.com, which are just like giant erasers. They are, as the name suggests, easy to cut, though I have to say that you can't get the detail or line quality you can get from "real" lino blocks, in their battlship gray, plastic-y smelling goodness. The easy cut kind come in a pretty pink for goodness sake.
1. Get your image on to your block by drawing or transferring and carve away the WHITE:
Done carving. Lookin' good...
2. Test it out... you can use a water-based stamp pad or marker [steer clear of permanent]
3. Roll out some inks on a flat, non-porous surface like this metal bench hook-- I like acrylic, water-based inks such as Speedball-- and ink up your block.
Listen for the brayer to make a sticky sound, like stirring GOOD macaroni and cheese.
No noise= too much ink or too little ink. Sorta like runny or extra dry mac-n-cheese.
4. Print til your little heart is content! Print on paper, fabric, cards... experiment! *Slick surfaces will not hold the ink as well, so steer clear of shiny papers or plastics.
Voila. Check out the goods printed with linoleum blocks in my etsy shop:
Thanks for reading! Hope this helps, and happy printing!