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How To Make A Linocut Print

Emil Underbjerg, Linocut Printmaker

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8 Lessons (14m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Tools

    • 3. Designing Your Print

    • 4. Class Project

    • 5. Carving

    • 6. Printing

    • 7. Cleaning

    • 8. The End

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About This Class

My name is emil underbjerg, i’m an artist and linocut printmaker. I’ve been working with linocut printmaking for the last couple of years, exploring and experimenting with the technique and in this class, i will teach you the most accessible and easy way to make your own linocut print at home, without an expensive printing press.

This includes all the steps in the process

- how to design and draw on your lino

- how to carve and how to handle your tools

- how to print your lino

- how to clean your tools

- tips and tricks to achieve the best results

List of Materials:

-a sheet of linoleum, they come in all kinds of sizes and qualities. I primarily use the brown version, however, it can be a little tricky to work with, but it holds details very well compared to the soft cut version which you can see here. if this is your first time working with linocuts I would recommend the soft lino
- a pencil or a pen
- masking tape
- a carving tool, I use these Pfeil carving tools, they're sharp and easy to work with. the cheap tools can be a bit dull and thus more difficult and actually more dangerous to work with, as they can slip and you risk cutting yourself more easily. in this class, I'll be using a couple of different ones, but if you're just starting out you can easily make do with just one.
- then you need either a spoon, a barren or a bone folder which I prefer.
- paper to print your linocut on. for this class, I will be using Japanese Kozo paper which is easy to print on and very durable.
- block printing ink - I recommend using Cranfield safewash relief ink as it's very pigmented and is easy to clean even though it's oil based, but you can pick any colour or brand you want and for this class.
- a surface to roll the ink onto, like this sheet of glass. you can also use a sheet of acrylic or any other smooth and even surface
- a brayer or an ink roller. these rollers come in different sizes and qualities as well. I have a 20 cm one and a 5 cm one, but for this project, you don't need more than one. the big ones can be a little pricey but if linocut printmaking is something you know you'll be doing more than for this class, I would recommend getting one like this.
- and finally a sponge and some soap to clean the ink off your tools once you're done. I like using laundry detergent as it doesn't foam as much as say, dish soap but you can use any liquid soap you prefer.
- optionally I would also recommend using a bench hook