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Linoleum Block Printing

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In this Instructable I will be going step-by-step through the process of printmaking using a linoleum block. I will tell you what tools you need, and for what purpose and I will go through the process of designing the print in which you will be carving, transferring the design onto the block, carving the block, proofing the block and finally, printing the block. 

Linoleum block printing can seem very intimidating at first, but with a little guidance and the right tools, it's really a great new medium that all artists should give a try at least once. 
 
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Step 1: The Tools of the Trade

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There are many tools that are needed to complete a linoleum block print from start to finish. Although the tools can get a bit pricey, most of the tools that are needed can be reused again and again. Ink and paper are the only two supplies that you will need to continue to replenish over time.

Materials Needed:

• Pen, marker, pencil, colored pencil
• Linoleum block
• Paper
• Transfer paper
• Bench hook
• Lino Handle/lino cutters
• Printer’s ink (Oil Based)
• Brayer (ink roller)
• Tape
• Scissors
• Electric blanket and towel
• Spoon (or a Baren)
• Glass surface (plate or baking pan will do)

All of these tools can be bought at your local craft supplier. I bought a block printing kit at Michael's Arts and Crafts store, and this included all of the basic printmaking materials that are needed. Speedball Art is a great supplier for block printing supplies. They are affordable and of good quality, especially for a beginner. 
MetaImage1 year ago
Great work Angela. Your instructions are very clear and you've developed the steps in a very easy-to-follow manner. You also have great photos. That elephant design and print turned out absolutely beautiful!!!!
Gorgeous - and such patience! I love linoleum block printing, but it is so time consuming.
I did simple ones of these at college, couldn't get the tools to work in my favour, but yours is really good, i love the design it looks wicked. :)
This is fantastic. I love the elephant, too. :D
angela_b117 (author)  jessyratfink1 year ago
Thank you so much! It really means a lot that you enjoyed it! :D