Block Printing with linoleum
What I Did
Making the Stamp & Stamping
Linoleum cutter handle and cutters. The school has fives sizes.
From smallest to largest:
1 - small v
2 - large v
3 - small u gouge
4 - square gouge
5 - large u gouge
Step 1 - Choose an image
After choosing your image, print it out.
Step 2 - Trace your image onto a separate piece of paper using carbon paper
Step 3 - Go over the lines with a sharpie and color in the parts that will show when you stamp
Step 4 - Use tracing paper to trace the paper with the sharpie
Place a piece of tracing paper on top of the paper (from the previous step) and trace out the image's outline. Trace it out heavily in grey lead pencil. After you have traced the whole image onto the tracing paper, flip the 'front side' of the tracing paper over and trace the 'front side's' lines on the 'back side' of the tracing paper.
Step 5 - Using the tracing paper transfer your image onto the linoleum
Step 6 - Go over the lines of the image on the linoleum with sharpie. And color in the parts that will show up when stamping.
Step 7 - Carving
-Use the no. 1 cutter first to carve as close to the outline. This will help to avoid cutting the black lines by accident later.
-No. 4 is helpful at carving out bumps/grazes in the linoleum and making areas flatter.
-Carve smoothly and at a steady pace so that you do not have to keep fixing your stamp later.
This my stamp after I finished printing. Thats why its a bit grey.
This picture is to show you how the black lines should be a different height from the white space
Step 8 - Stamping
Put your stamp onto of a layer or two of newspaper to avoid mess.
1. Put some ink onto or into a flat container (we used a ink plate).
2. Using the brayer create an even layer of ink on the container's surface.
3. Roll the brayer in the ink.
4. Using the brayer, apply the ink onto the stamp.
5. Put the paper, or magazine advertisement or newspaper, that you want the stamp to be on, on top of the stamp.
6. Use a baren to smooth out the paper on the stamp and put some pressure on it so the ink sticks to the paper.
7. Pull the paper off in one direction.
And you have done a stamp!
Repeat the stamping process as many times as the amount of prints you want to make.
Step 9 - Waiting
Step 10- DONE
Citations for images in materials
"Block Printing." Speedball. Speedball. Web. 09 June 2013. <http://www.speedballart.com/our-products.php?cat=13>.
A sheet of linoleum. Digital image. Educational Art & Craft Supplies. Web. 9 June 2013. <http://www.educational-art.co.uk/images/P/3.2-L6d.JPG>.
"Speedball Linoleum Cutters." Art Supplies from Blick. Blick. Web. 09 June 2013. <http://www.dickblick.com/products/speedball-linoleum-cutters/>.