Here is my list of ten essential tools and materials for making linocuts. These are all indispensable, either when preparing your design, carving the lino block or printing. In my opinion, these are the best brands and will make carving and printing a joy. Whenever I run linocut workshops these are the items I recommend. […]
Here are my top ten tips for linocutting. Practise first Before you go straight into carving a design make a test print on a small piece of lino. Practise making a range of marks. Don’t worry about making a recognisable image, just play around and make as many different shaped cuts as you can – […]
If you’re carving lino all day here’s a top tip. Wrap masking tape round the tool where your finger rests. If you wind it round several times you get a nice soft pad. This will prevent you getting blisters. Don’t say I’m not good to you.
I’ve been printing my Hungry Fish linocut which has a colour blend, or colour gradation, on one of the blocks. This is a very simple printing technique where two or more colours are blended on the ink roller resulting in a striking effect which can be used in a number of ways. Hungry Fish linocut […]
Last week I bought a print drying rack for my studio in Margate. As far as printmaking equipment goes, this is one of the most useful things you can get and I’m not sure how I’ve managed so long without one! When I was printing an edition before, my studio would quickly be covered with […]
Now and then I get questions from followers of this blog about linocut techniques, tools or printing issues. Although I don’t pretend to know everything there is to know about linocut (that’s one of my life goals!) I’m happy to help if I can and I welcome other linocut artists to add their help and […]
I have recently received a couple of emails from followers of this blog wanting advice. I thought I’d answer them on here and maybe if more people have questions it can become a regular feature. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Simon writes… I wanted to get started making linocuts at home. Do you have any advice […]