Easy Lino Printing: Create a bird lino print | Shellie Cleaver | Skillshare

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Easy Lino Printing: Create a bird lino print

teacher avatar Shellie Cleaver, Visual art + academic writing classes

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5 Lessons (31m)
    • 1. Easy Lino Printing Introduction

    • 2. Lino Carving Part 1

    • 3. Lino Carving Part 2

    • 4. Lino Printing

    • 5. Thanks Easy Lino Printing

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About This Class

Join Sydney artist, Shellie, for this fun and easy 31 minute Easy Lino Printing class. Together we will make a lino print of a bird. This class will help you develop your skills in lino carving and printing,

Suitable for beginners and all skill levels, Shellie will guide you through step by step in how to create a llno image of a bird.

For this class you will need:


Water based lino printing ink

A set of lino carving tools

A bamboo barren


A palette knife

Palette or plate


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Shellie Cleaver

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1. Easy Lino Printing Introduction: Hello and welcome to these lot are printing costs. It's a beautiful Saturday morning here in Sydney, and I'm really looking forward to taking you step by step through this project to create a stunning liner print based on the picture of a Robin Hood. It's a nice, simple projects suitable for old skill levels, said Don't Beetle worried for this class. We do need a few materials. One is a water based line. I block printing ink. I think one of these role is to get the ink onto the lot of women going to print palette Knife is useful for getting the ink out of the container onto a certain made paper to print onto. That could be any type of paper. If you're just starting out, just a cartridge practice. Fine. If you want to make a high quality print, get specialized making papers that assault. It's a line of having tools. Small set like this is useful. This is a bamboo baron, and we use this instead of having a printing press. So this is used to put pressure on the paper, which pushes it down onto the eat liner. When we're making our troops and So then we finally made some water. Now this is the regular type of liner I believe it's made with didn't state oil, and it's quite can be quite hot. If you're in a cold climate, it can be quite firm and challenging to work with. One way to fix that is to actually warm enough of it. And then there's this new a product, which is a little one sided grain on the other. This is a much softer pace. It was not really line are but two used Solana. Pretty much ese and cop, Really beginner, friendly. So that's something to look forward your hostels. So I just wanted to tell you a little bit about May. I said, My name is Shelly and I'm licensed in Australia and I studied Fine Arts National Obsolete City. And part of that was learning across all disciplines, including printmaking online. No cutting in such a gorgeous technique to know, and it's useful for fire, not for illustration, very versatile technique. So join me now for this fabulous class, and I'll take you step by step through the process. By the end. Fabulously beautiful print off, a good let's get started 2. Lino Carving Part 1: Okay, let's begin our class. Grab your piece of line. Oh, and a pencil. Take the image that you want to reference for your design and now begin to draw that design onto your liner. If you're not confident drawing it's OK to trace, you can turn your page face down and and sketch some lead onto the back off the image and then put that face up onto the line. Oh, and trace with your pencil and that will imprints the design with a little bit of lead onto the surface of the line. Oh, and that will give you a starting point for drawing in your design. Remember to keep your shapes quite simple. Lina Cutting can be a bit tricky to begin with to control the lines that you carved into the surface, so having a simple design is a good way to begin. Just include the K Day tiles that you need for that image. Uh, - so I've almost done enough detail for my design so that I can now begin carving the design out of the lineup. The case, another fun of carving out design. We need our line, O Toole's I'm using one here with a V shape, which gives me a thinner line, and this will be useful for tracing the outline of the bird I'm granted trace just to the edge off the line just a little bit away. So I have some extra room to move. But before you begin just usual tool on one of the blank space areas and just practice using it and pushing it into the liner to get a feel for it. When you're confident, then begin to carve a line around the shape of the bird. You don't want to accidentally go into the bird if you can avoid it. So give yourself some extra room if you want to, and you can come back and refine it later. This is to create a boundary between the image and the background because our next step is to actually carve away the background. An essential safety aspect off liner carving is to ensure that you're always pushing the tool away from your body and away from your hand. You never want to actually have your hand in front of that tool because you do sometimes slip and they are sharp and there is a risk of a serious injury. So be careful when working with Lina carving tools because the legs of the birder complex and fine shape. I'm just going to car around the legs where I feel comfortable. And then I'm going Teoh, just create a general space around the feet, which is quite fiddly, and I'll deal with those later. So now we've carved around the basic shapes off the image. We're going to change liner cutting tools to one with a much wider, flatter shape, and that's going to allow us to cut out a lot of the background quite quickly and easily. If you use thesis small, it'll you would be there for a long, long time. So just get a sense of how that tool works. How hard you push it means it will go further and deeper into the line. Oh, so just play around with how you want to make these marks. And although you are removing the line oh, there will be some peaks left within the background, which will collect Inc and show up when we print. So think about the direction of the lines you're making because it will result in some indication of texture in the background. Off course. She can take it all out to such a low level that nothing will show. And that's fine to whatever approach you want to take. Just carry on methodically and calmly removing the background liner until it is all gone. This might take 10 minutes or so to take your time and enjoy this process, - okay ? 3. Lino Carving Part 2: well done. That was a big job to carve away all of the background line. Oh, now we're ready to think about the detail of the bird. So I'm going back to my first tool, the V shape, where I can get some detailed lines. Now, I know that with this bird, I want the I to be black, so I need to carve a fine line around the eye. Do you take your time and be careful with this because once the liner has cut away, you can't put it back. So you need to be in control of the tool and thinking about how big the line is that you're drawing and to try and cut around shape as the I moving the line. Oh, instead of moving the tool is a really effective way of actually getting a good circular shape with the liner cutting, you can then go back in and just talk. Try to carefully trim up any little nicks or edges that aren't around. Next, we're going to cut out some feather lines to distinguish the red breasted robin from the rest of the bird. Think about the length of line, the thickness of the line and the direction off the line. I'm going to put these line textures through the entire red breast off this Robin Byrd. - I need to distinguish the beak, so I'm going to cover two lines to distinguish the bake from the feathers. And then I'm going to draw a line or carve a line through the middle of the bake. - Next , I'm going to look at the tail feathers off the robin. I've only carved roughly around the shape, so I want to just go in with a bit more detail and carved out the edges lines off the feathers. I'm going to carry on detail ing theme edge of the bird as I go around from the tail feathers, and I'm thinking about whether I want them to have feathery, fluffy edges. So I'm just doing little lines into Thiebaud e of the bird so that when it prints, there is a sense that it is a soft, fluffy, feathered creature. Now it's time to consider the day towel of the fate, so I'm going to spend some time carefully carving around the shape of the bird's feet, take your time and try to get the detail correct. Be quiet, deliberating slow in the mark making. But it Once I've got the profile happening, I'm going to then carve into the wing area with lines to distinguish the various parts of the feather that are joining up the tail end. So when I do that, I'm going to be quite slow and careful because I need to control my line and think about how thick it is and how long I need it to be. - And there it is. We've completed the liner carving over a bird design. 4. Lino Printing: now that we've carved Ally No, we're ready to print. So grab your line. Oh, block printing ink. I find water based ink is easier to clean up. It may have separated a bit in the jar, so using a palette knife give it a thorough a mix, so it's well incorporated. You don't want to have runny beats and lumps and things when you think it's ready. Get a flat surface like a palette or a plate could put a piece of cling wrap over it. So easy cleanup and just lay out some EQ enough to get onto your roller on. Make a print. Now I'm going to demonstrate to you what happens if you don't actually even out the ink on the roller. Ideally, what you do is really work the roller on the surface to get a very even thin coverage of ink. But if you don't and you have quite a thick area off ink on the roller, when you put that onto the liner, it actually goes into the into the carvings that you've created and fills them up so that when you print a lot of the detail is lost because the parts that are meant to be white have actually been clogged up with ink and printing black. So we'll do. This is the first example to show you how that looks now that the line Oh, plate is inked up. Grab a piece of paper and place it over the very good liner. Get your bamboo baron and start moving it across the surface. Pressing a medium firmness in a circular motion. You can be quite firm with how you press down on this, because what you're doing is imprinting the ink onto the paper, peel it off, and there you have your print. Now you can see we've lost a lot of data within the bird because off the thick Inc that fell into all the crevices and fill them up. So I'm going to go wash this and we'll try again. Here is the washed liner, and I'm just drawing it with a paper tell with the ink more evenly dispersed across my roller, rolling it time and time again to get a nice even coverage. I'm now going Teoh in cup my line. Oh, this can take a little bit of pushing and a few layers just kept going until you have got ink on all of the services that you want to. When you're happy with that, grab another piece of paper. Place it on top of the liner and with the bamboo baron. Press that paper into the surface off the liner. You'll start to see the design start to show through the paper. If your paper isn't very thick, that's fine. And do press reasonably hard. You really do want to get a good impression off the carving. Peel it off from a corner and we'll say what result we have So you can see how much more detail we achieved in this print. But there are areas he where I would probably remove some off the line. Oh, such as around the birds bake and some of the thicker pieces from the background. During that, while the Incas on there you can wipe most of it off. It actually shows you which areas to remove. This is a good time to refine your carving, so make whatever changes that you would like to, and you can repeat this process time and again until you're satisfied with your image. So it's very forgiving because you can keep returning to it during a print and seeing what else you want to change. But so now, to see how it's looking, I'm going to in cup the lineup again, and we'll do our final print, making sure that the ink is evenly distributed on the roller before placing it onto the liner. It's a good idea toe Rollo that your ink onto the line oh, in various directions that will help achieve an even distribution off ink on the line. Oh, surface. Take another piece of paper and place it over the line. Oh, and with your bamboo baron, press that paper into the liner design. Use a circular motion and firm tension or pressure. Ensure that you go over. All parts off the line are cut. You don't want to accidentally miss a section of the design. Peel it off And I'm really happy with that result. I hope you've got something that you're equally is pleased with. 5. Thanks Easy Lino Printing: thank you for joining me for this line of putting class heart. He had as much fun as I did in making out Lana print and printing off a first copy off the design. Hard, but something you can friend put up Horrible. He was a gift to a friend. And this technique, you can take this further now that you understand the basics of line of printing and you can create all sorts of things As far as your imagination will stretch, please share your projects on the project patient really like to see what he made. And if you enjoy the class place review, it plays like a Please share it with your friends. I really look forward to seeing you for the next class. Bye. I've made lots of classes on painting and drawing and watercolors, color theory, endless classes for you to take, and you'll find that each one you do your skills will develop and grow. So let's have a look at how to follow me on school Share. Here is the full I button. Click on this, and if you hover your mouse over this part here, it'll take you through to my profile as well. Under my per file, you'll see all of the classes I've created, and you'll be able to see the range of classes you could take. So here are highlight a couple of my classes color mixing basics for absolute beginners. Copying the Masters with Shelly Learn to paint. Watch me work. Embrace fear in the creative process. Begin is charcoal drawing How to paint gloss and beginners. Figure drawing gesture. I'm creating new outclasses all the time on. I'm really looking forward to the opportunity to support you as you develop your own creative skills and make your way on your own creative journey. So let's start making stuff.