Lino printing

Armed with a lino printing kit for beginners (a brilliant christmas present), my thank you cards took a more creative twist this year.

For those who aren’t familiar with lino printing, it’s a way of making a relief based picture. You cut away the areas you don’t want and ink the remaining to create a picture. It’s all reversed when printed so more care is required for text.

My imagination isn’t great. I can draw from sight but not from my head. As the christmas tree was still up until the 6th Jan, I drew inspiration from this little man

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I drafted out a plan and used a faithful sharpie to help colour in the parts I wanted to keep to gel me visualise the end result. I used tracing paper to trace the design on to the lino.

There are special tools for carving the lino and a practice piece is useful for testing first!
The lino ended up looking like this

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I’m really pleased with the final product. The ink was easy to apply and it came out as expected!

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