The Linocut Mania Continues

The linocut mania continues over here: today, my experiment was the above patterned block. To be honest, I’m having much more fun carving the blocks than I am printing—I’m just not getting solid blacks that I would like. So, I continue in this trial and error process.

For those of you who would like to give the linocut process a try, the lovely Marianne from Art Project 2010 has just recently posted a set of directions on Instructables about how to carve and print a linoleum block! Thanks Marianne! Also, check out all of Marianne’s wonderful linocuts—they’re gorgeous! I have a special fondness for her vintage machinery linocuts, especially the typewriter. Of course, I can’t write about Marianne without mentioning that she is amazing—at the beginning of this year, she started a project to make a piece of artwork every single day of 2010, and she’s still going strong at day 187. It’s absolutely amazing!

Happy making!


1 Response to “The Linocut Mania Continues”

  1. 1 artproject2010 July 6, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    Oh, Nicole! Stop flattering me, my ego is giving me a headache. ;) Just kidding, chickadee. Thanks for sharing my instructable and blog with your readers.

    I have some tips for you! If you’re using water-soluble ink, try adding some retarder. It doesn’t make the black ink less opaque, and I find it helps me get a more even distribution on the block.

    If you’re using oil, I have no experience there. But oil takes longer to dry, so you probably wouldn’t have that problem with oil either.

    One other idea that might help is to get a hand-printing press. Let’s see, like this one: If the ink is drying before you can rub the paper on to ink, that is.

    But you’ve got it right, sister- trial and error! Let’s get together for lunch sometime in the next week or two!


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