My linocut starter kit is now available to buy from my online linocutboy etsy shop.
This linocut starter kit is perfect for anyone who wants to have a go at carving and printing their own linocuts. The kit contains a set of six linocutter tools, a tube of ink, an ink roller (brayer) and five pieces of lino. I have put this kit together myself using carefully chosen components from different suppliers and I believe it is the best you will find for this price range. All you will need is some paper and a spoon for printing!
Tools – a set of six tools: two v-gouges, two u-gouges and two shallow gouges giving a wide range of possiblities for mark-making. These tools are much sharper than most others available in this price range.
Ink – the ink is water-washable but prints extremely well. I use it for my own work (and I’m very serious about my linocuts!). Cleans up very easily with water and a bit of soap. The ink stays wet for several hours while you are working so it’s ideal for doing long print runs. The prints will take a day or so to dry.
Roller – hard rubber roller. Good rollers are expensive, so I have selected one which will give excellent results for this price range. The roller is just over 5cm (2in) wide.
Lino – this is easy-cut lino (not traditional linoleum) which is very easy to carve and has a smooth side and a textured side for a slightly different look when printing. Gives excellent results and holds very fine detail. The kit contains 5 pieces each 7.5 x 7.5cm (3 x 3in)
Box – the kit comes in a sturdy box made of recycled card and printed with my linocutboy logo!
An instruction booklet will be available soon to accompany the kit.
Here’s a test print I made very quickly: