Sunday, April 29, 2007

Lino Printing - The First Lino Print

I've already spotted some mistakes that I've made or maybe not mistakes but at least things that I would do differently next time. I think I should have done some sort of design for the background instead of leaving it blank.
The first print will be in yellow. I got a sheet of glass to roll the paint on. Basically I put a bit of paint on the sheet of glass and rolled it until it was spread evenly on the glass and roller.

Once I had an even spread of paint on the roller I rolled it onto the lino block. I placed the block on some old newspaper as I figured things could get a bit messy. I rolled the paint onto the block and covered it evenly. In this picture you can see what the block looked like once it had been rolled.


A this point I gently placed a large sheet of white paper over the lino block. The first time I did this I didn't like up the edges of the paper with the edges of the lino block, this meant I wouldn't be able to do a second print on top of it as I'd have no way of knowing where to place the paper. I didn't have a baren (the tool used to press the paper) so I had to improvise. I decided to use a rolling pin. The following picture isn't very descriptive but you get the general idea. I rolled over the paper with the rolling pin. The rolling pin is quite large so it gave an even spread and covered all of the lino block.


I rolled over it a few times putting some weight on the roller. At this point I was ready to remove the paper from the lino block. I took a sequence of pictures as I peeled the paper back from the lino block.



Almost there...



Here's the print -

So I continued this process doing lots of prints. I think I finished up with about 12 prints.


I do not think the prints look very well on the white paper, maybe this is because of all the white space that I left. I'm considering printing the lino block again on some different colour paper. That's all for now!

2 comments:

Timmy said...

Where do you get the tools to do the lino printing?
Thanks,
Tim

DaveDave said...

Hi Tim,
I got the lino cutting tools and the lino block in my local arts and crafts shop. They don't sell online but they have a website - http://www.artnhobby.ie
I've searched the site but it appears they do not list their lino printing products. The lino cutting tool was 5 euro, it came with 5 blades.
If you are not based in Ireland a search on google will find you lots of shops that sell them online.

Thanks for reading my blog,
DaveDave