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Old 06-11-2017, 10:46 PM
symbiotic_disharmony symbiotic_disharmony is offline
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Trying Linolium block printing

Hey guys, I've been a member here for quite some time, mostly just using the reference photo library. I've never posted here yet. I really want to be a tattoo artist and love traditional art making. I have no formal art education except some high school art classes. I was on vacation last week and was able to check out an art store and get some linolium (of which I've only used once in class). I live in a rather rural area so this was a treat.

I had a drawing I wanted to use as my relief image and began carving. I ordered digital prints of this image and they didn't turn out the way I liked, so I thought I'd make my own. I love prints, many tattoo artists make their designs this way and I thought I'd give it a try, and hopefully will turn out better than the digital ones. The thing is, I can't remember for the life of me, how the actual printing process works. I know I'll have to roll some ink onto it and lightly smooth it into absorbent paper, but I'd like some suggestions on brands of supplies and techniques. If this goes well I want to make another carving of colors to stamp for this piece too. So finished images will be two stamps. I've heard good things about oil based inks (I use water based FW for my portfolio stuff), and that makes sense with the linolium being oil based.

Thank you for the suggestions! Hopefully the images will attach. I'm using an iPhone.
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Old 06-11-2017, 11:23 PM
ic.Art ic.Art is offline
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Re: Trying Linolium block printing

Hi symbiotic, welcome to the forum! Honestly Youtube is FULL of vids showing the process....try 'lino printing tutorials' in the Search and your curiosity will be well rewarded.

2 printmakers, with VERY different teaching styles! to get you started are:

US: Belinda Del Pesco :https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eMFyrgXa-3Q

Australian: The Snake Artist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7Ch4ianBLo
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Old 06-12-2017, 01:53 AM
symbiotic_disharmony symbiotic_disharmony is offline
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Re: Trying Linolium block printing

Thanks for the links! I'm excited to check it out!
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Old 06-15-2017, 01:23 PM
lucindameow lucindameow is offline
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Re: Trying Linolium block printing

Your work is really beautiful thank you for sharing. I'm an amateur linocutter and I use speedball products. Speedball water-based block printing ink is what I have. For paper I've been using Sumi-e paper, not sure what the brand is. It's a thin Japanese paper which is meant for brush painting/calligraphy, but I've found it works well for printing.

The process goes like this for me:
1. squeeze out some ink on a piece of glass or metal (paper plate works in a pinch)
2. roll out the ink with a brayer (mine is speedball as well)
3. when the ink makes a velcro-ish noise it's ready to be rolled onto the block
4. roll the ink onto the block with your brayer
5. place the block face down on your paper and press it down
6. flip the paper over and begin to rub it. I use a wooden spoon for this. If your paper is thin, you should start to see the image come through the paper.

that's it!

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Old 06-15-2017, 03:57 PM
symbiotic_disharmony symbiotic_disharmony is offline
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Re: Trying Linolium block printing

Thank you for the recommendations. I'm trying to stay away from water based inks, and although they are easy to clean up, I don't think the quality is there, especially with speedball. I was very lucky to be able to use an old style press, refurbished form 1889 (I believe. Going by memory, here). We used metallic oil based inks on glossy paper. This is how they turned out. Also a picture of practice runs on normal paper. Pretty saitisfied.
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