D.I.Y.T. - Part I of Printing without a Press - Materials
Part I of Printing without a Press - Materials
You'll need some cutting tools, I use a linoleum cutter handle with a variety of gouges, mainly the large #5 gouge, for scraping away large areas and the #1 liner cutter for fine detail. You also need a craving knife, the x-acto #5 handle with #24 blades is perfect for scoring around your image on the linoleum; it works great on wood too. I also have a regular x-acto knife on hand, just in case I need to cut away small leftover pieces and it's also good for getting clean tight corners.
You'll also need your linoleum block and your image. I use un-mounted linoleum, instead of the mounted lino on a block of wood, it's just easier to store away once your done, and I find it easier to manuer when you're cutting away. You can also use the easy-cut linoleum which is a grey color, they also make something called "wonder cut".
I like to have my linoleum block a lot larger than the actual image, and I don't cut all the way to the edge of the linoleum. This will be important to create a registration mark if you're printing more than one color, and even if your not, this will allow you to print the image on the paper on the same exact spot for each print. I'll dive deeper into this as we go along.
And finally, you'll need printing materials to print you're lino-cut. You'll need a brayer (ink rollers), your inks (I'm using speedballs water based inks), and a wooden spoon, the barren is optional. You're also going to need an inking slab, I use a piece of glass, to roll out my inks (not pictured). You can also use pallette paper just make sure you tape the edges down onto a flat smooth surface.
Follow the link to Part II: Preparing your linoleum and cutting