Beginners Lino Cutting: Design, Cut and Print Lino Art and Illustrations | Shellie Cleaver | Skillshare

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Beginners Lino Cutting: Design, Cut and Print Lino Art and Illustrations

teacher avatar Shellie Cleaver, Visual art + academic writing classes

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      Beginners Lino Cutting


    • 2.

      The Materials


    • 3.

      The Design


    • 4.

      Lino Cutting


    • 5.

      Printing Proof


    • 6.



    • 7.

      More Art Classes


    • 8.

      Brief Artistic Intro


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About This Class

In this 19 minute class with Sydney artist Shellie, learn to design, cut and print your own lino cut. 

Lino cutting and printing is such a fun medium to work with. Used by artists and illustrators, it creates a striking, and bold black and white image, that can be further enhanced with watercolours if desired.

We start by creating a design, transferring it to the lino, refining it and then carving it out.  Learn how to ink up the lino plate and how to take a print from it.

This class is perfect for beginners and will open up a world of possibilities.

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1. Beginners Lino Cutting : Hello. Welcome to beginners Liner cutting. My name is Shelly, and I'm your teacher for this class. I have a bachelor of fine arts, and I've been making up for many, many years, and I'm really excited to share these class review. Lai No cutting is a really simple technique. It uses a sheet of line Oh, some carving tools, liner ink and paper. It's really simple. Now you can make liner cuts that are really detailed. You can also make some that a simpler and more designing. So it really suits a wide variety of styles and approaches, and you'll find that is your skills develop. You can really have ah result. That is exactly what you're after. Some people use lineup printing for illustrating a book Storybooks for Children. You can also then hand colored them with watercolor once that why no printing ink has actually dried. So join me for this class is gonna be lots and lots of fun. Some of the materials will need for today's class include, um, a pace of liner, an image that you'd like Teoh use to create a design needs some paper, a pencil and a razor. You also need block printing ink. This is a water based one, which is really good to make cleanup easy and also keeps the toxic sort of smell from the inks to a minimum. This is different to just acrylic paint, because Thean Key itself has a tacky, thick sort of consistency, and that's what you need to get a good print off of the liner. You'll also need ah palette or play to the flat surface on which to actually put the ink. I've coated mine. Just Woodson cling wrap so I can throw that away after I finished using it and you might need a spoon or a palette knife to get the ink out of the jar and onto the palette. You also need one of these hard rubber rollers, which he used to get the ink off of the palate and onto the liner. This is a bamboo baron. It is useful but not essential, and what it does is enables you to place pressure on the paper and press it into the ink on the liner block. So this is instead of having a proper printing press, you could instead just use your hands or some sort of flat object just to help really work the paper into the ink. I've chosen this Art Deco flower design for this project, but it is quite complex is a shape. So I've also supplied on the class some simpler images that you can use to start out. And I would suggest if this is your first time line a cut and go for very simple large shapes. Because all of these intricacies quite tricky. Teoh, carve out when you're new to the medium. 2. The Materials: All right, so we're about to begin. I have my design a za photocopy or print out. I've also got my piece of line. Oh, and I've got my little set of line. Oh, carving tools which have a variety off shapes at the tips. I tend to use the broad U shape and Thief fine V shaped tools which allow me to cut broad and also find areas. 3. The Design: so you don't need any special drawing skills for this. Just take your Fred a copy. I'm marking the corners off the design. So I know what I'm working within drawing a loose rectangle around with the designers and I'm shading soft graphite on the back off where the images This will allow me to transfer the image on toothy liner. So it's a good idea to trim down your design so that you can actually see how you can fit it onto the liner piece. So I'm just tearing off the excess paper. So now I'm going to fit the design onto the liner and with a hard pencil. So this one is actually a hate each, um, grade. I'm going to trace the design on. You could also use a bio for this. Anything that you can put some pressure on because you're trying to transfer the graphite from underneath onto the liner and the better impression you get, the easier your job is going to be to carve out the design. If you lose track of where up to, you can lift the paper up to take a peek. But once you do take that paper off it's hard to get it back into the right spot, and now you can actually just draw over some of the main lines just to give yourself a nice , clean image of what to carve and what to keep. 4. Lino Cutting: So here we have our design and I've got the V shaped line Auteuil. Now you need to support the line. Oh, edge at the closest edge to you with your left hand. If you're if you're right handed and then you're going to dig the tool into the liner. Now you get a feel for this as you do it. If you do it too lightly, it will skim across the top. If you do too deeply, your kind of dig right down and you kind of get stuck. So if that happens, you can remove the tool and then rejoin that line and try to control the depth a little more. This will take some practice to get used to take your time. But the number one thing for your safety is do not put your left hand in front off where you are carving, because what often happens is that the tool will slip it some point. And if your hand is there, you're going to get a really nasty injury. So always keep your fingers behind the tool. I usually approach this by starting somewhere where I can get a reasonable access to the line and then I work on it. From there. You may wish to simply cut out all of the outlines first, or you might work in areas so you might cut out the outlines. And then you might start removing some of the negative space between the shapes. But when they do this when you're really confident that you've actually read, this is read the design correctly and that you are carving out the negative areas. Sometimes you'll find that the line you've carved looks a little jagged or a little bit rough in areas, and you can take the tool and just gently draw it back along that edge and you'll get a cleaner edge coming up without removing to much more liner. - So as well as carving out the design, you need to think about the area around the shape, so you may wish Teoh carve some out directly next to the image, but then allow for a border of some sort. Or you may wish to carve all of it off, so you simply have the design. So have a think about that before you start carving, because once it's gone, you can't put it back. So have a plan for what to do with e non image area. And this could take some time if you've got quite a bit to carve out. So carry on carving until the entire image is removed. I've also removed all of the background, but I think the texture will show through a little bit with little lines here and there. But that could be modified. Once you've done a proof printing proof, you've seen what you've got and then you can modify it and then do another print and see if you're happy with it at that stage. This photo is off the line. Oh, with ink on it. 5. Printing Proof: Okay, so we finished carving our line. Oh, we've got our liner Inc. And we've got our, um, plastic pallets surface to put the in car. Not got a teaspoon to get the ink out of the container. This is a water water based ink, which means it's easy cleanup and not too smelly. Then we get out Braila or a Rolla, and we start to think it up. You want to get it as evenly coated as possible, and you do that just by rolling it backwards and forwards backwards and forwards until you feel like you've got an even coat. Um, and you don't want too much ink on your Breyer, because if it's really sort of sloppy, Thean Key is going to go into the grooves of the line. Oh, design, and you actually lose detail. So what you ideally want is a good coverage of ink on the surface of the line. Oh, but without it going down into the grooves. So when you're ready, you roll the roller across the surface of the line. Oh, and you'll see Thebes sign showing up as black. You can also see all the other lines showing up in the, um in the background space, but I don't always. I don't mind that. Sometimes it adds interest to the image. Line up your paper and place it over the line A without moving it around because you don't want to smudging and take your bamboo baron or your hand or something and rubbed the back of the paper. You can be quite vigorous in this, because if you imagine a print going through a printing press, it's a huge amount of white. So you really do want to give it a good press onto that ink. And here we have our finished finished print. So here's our finished print. From today, I think I would go back and possibly remove some of the lines around the core design just so that they don't just detract from the main image. Overall, it's a good result, and the great thing with line Oh, is that you are in control so you can refine the image as many times as you choose to, and you can also then reproduce the image as many times as you like, because you in cup the line. Oh, and you'd make another print that's a fabulous medium Teoh toe working and become skilled in 6. Thanks: thank you for joining me on this class of liner cutting basics. Ah, heartbeats giving you a starting point for this fabulous medium. It's really versatile. Confuse foot endless applications like cod making and odd work and illustration. The list goes on alone. Just keep in mind that there since safety precautions learning to use the tool safely. So your hand is not in front of where you're cutting. And it does take a little bit of time to gain control over the tools and to become sensitive. Teoh, how hard you press into the liner and the thickness or thinness off the line that creates. So have fun practicing and plays. Upload your projects. I love to see what you've done with this class. And if you enjoyed this class and found it useful, please leave a review. Please lack and shave his class. And I'll see you next time. Bye. 7. More Art Classes: I've made lots of classes on painting and drawing and water colors. 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 profile, 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 8. Brief Artistic Intro: so from a creativity is central to what I do. It really feeds. May I think creativity is vital to our well being and is worth pursuing and is worth investing time in. My name is Shelly. I'm a Sydney based artist, Andi. I work across many mediums. I studied oil painting at the National at School in Sydney. It was a beautiful sandstone jail with a very traditional Italian based structure, so we learned drawing every stage of education. By taking these classes step by step, you'll build your skills, your knowledge and also you experience and confidence. And that's the thing that's worth pursuing, because in the end, you're an artistic practice could really sustain you and sustain your life. So I really hope that these classes help you on your creative journey. And they make doing these creative activities less scary and give you some confidence to move forward in your in practice. Thanks for stopping by. I really hurt my classes of helpful for you. You might even say my to studio assistants Ali and Millie in some of the classes