Hey blog people! I’ve recently been getting lots of questions about my linocut / block print process. During one of my most recent printing projects I took a bunch of photos to share…. hope this helps to spark some block-printing creativity out there!
Here are the materials I use for block printing. Carving tools (I have small, medium-V and large-U gauges) brayers, and inks. Although there are some really nice high-end inks out there for printing, I’m pretty happy with water-soluable Speedball inks. Their clear ink extender is also great for helping thin down the inks for smoother printing.
The traced sketch is placed over my block (I call it a block, but it’s actually Speedy-Carve material from Speedball– similar to a rubber stamp.) Once I’ve got it positioned just where I want it, I take the end of a (capped!) Sharpie or pen and rub the drawing to transfer the graphite to the block.
Start carving! I usually begin with the smallest details first, then work my way into larger areas with a larger gauge carving tool. This will only be a one-color print, so whatever I’m carving away will be the color of the paper, and what is left behind will be inked in black.
I print my linocuts at home (without the use of a letterpress), so a good way to get an even amount of pressure over the entire block is to rub the back of your paper with a spoon & a little elbow grease.
Once I have a print that I’m happy with and it’s dry (the water-based inks I use take about 20 minutes to dry under a warm lamp… oil-based inks can take days.) I like to add some color details with acrylic paint or paint markers.
I hope this helps some block printers out there.
See full post here: Polymer Paula2015-01-20.