About: I’m a Wildlife The technique of drawing fingers for kids student at Colorado state university. I am very interested in trying to make my life style greener by the day.
Purpose: The purpose of this instructable is to teach YOU how to make a linocut of your very own. Linocuts are very similar to woodcuts. It is a printing method using a sheet of linoleum, in which a subtractive cutting method is used to take away the parts of linoleum where you want to leave the white of the page, and keep the parts you want to be inked! In the result you have a linocut that can reproduce the same image over and over again. A Short History: While linoleum was first invented in the 1860s, it wasn’t used as a medium for printing until the early 1900s in Germany, where it was first used for making patterns on wallpaper! Artists ranging from Pablo Picasso to Henri Matisse have made linocuts, and today it is considered a respected art form.
Linocuts are also very popular in teaching children in schools about the rewarding art of printmaking. First off, linoleum does not have a grain like wood does, meaning there is no need to cut in one direction. Also, it is much, MUCH easier to cut than wood, especially when heated. Although linoleum is not quite as durable as wood, you can still make hundreds if not thousands of copies of the same image with a single linocut before it is too degraded to use. Linocuts generally remind me of illustrated children books, which is a style I very much like. You can get these at your local art stores such as Jerry’s Artarama, or even at generic craft stores such as Hobby Lobby. The bigger you go, the more expensive the sheet, but generally they are not too expensive.
If this is your first linocut, I suggest getting something around the size of 4″ x 5″. This way you do not have a giant piece to work on, but you also won’t have to work with itty bitty details. Linocutting tool with an assortment of blades! I don’t suggest this, as it is very expensive and simply unnecessary. This is what I have, and it works perfectly!
You can get your piece of glass anywhere really. Many glass cutting stores will sell you scraps, as artists often use glass for pallets as well. I would get one that is at least the size of your common printer paper. 3, kept the glass and recycled the frame. You will be using this to roll your ink out onto before applying it to your linocut. A brayer is very similar to a paint roller, but instead of the strange cushy material the roll itself is some kind of rubber.