Printmaking

Good Morning,

Happy last day of January. The days are slowly drawing out, there are signs of spring if you look... crocuses, daffodils in the shops.

This week's blog is about printmaking.

I am running a weekend workshop in April, ' Lino Printing/ Printmaking/ Pop Art'.

The blog on printmaking will give you a better understanding of this enjoyable and therapeutic medium.

Before I gush on about my love of printmaking here is news from A.S.K Studio & Gallery.

  • We have a visiting canine to the studio in the form of Louie the incredibly cute Shih Tzu. He is quite a character. If you are coming to a workshop, Art Club, or Watercolour & Cream Tea experience before the 15th February you will have the pleasure of meeting him. He loves people and a lot of fuss.
  • 2022 workshops commence from next week and they're filling up fast. There are new themes/ workshops to suit a variety of tastes. Please contact me via email or call to make a booking.

Lino Printing/ Printmaking

What is Lino Printing?


Lino printing otherwise known as lino cutting is viewed as a traditional printmaking method. When lino printing you cut a design into a block of linoleum, then ink the remaining surface with a roller and print onto either paper or fabrics.

 

You can print multiple copies of the same artwork, which are known as editions. Lino printing is one method of relief printmaking, with similar processes to traditional woodblock printing. Linoleum is a preferred material when compared to wood due to its ease of use when carving.

Of all the different types of relief printmaking, lino printing is one of the most accessible and easiest techniques to learn from home. You can learn how to make and print homemade Christmas cards or lino print art. Follow our step-by-step guide on lino printing for beginners to learn how to lino print from the comfort of your home. Many artists start with lino printing due to it being simple to learn.

 

Since the material being carved has no directional grain and does not tend to split, it is easier to obtain certain artistic effects with lino than with most woods, although the resultant prints lack the often angular grainy character of woodcuts and engravings. Lino is generally diced, much easier to cut than wood, especially when heated, but the pressure of the printing process degrades the plate faster and it is difficult to create larger works due to the material's fragility.

Colour linocuts can be made by using a different block for each colour as in a woodcut, as the artists of the Grosvenor School frequently did, but, as Pablo Picasso demonstrated, such prints can also be achieved using a single piece of linoleum in what is called the 'reductive' print method. Essentially, after each successive colour is imprinted onto the paper, the artist then cleans the lino plate and cuts away what will not be imprinted for the subsequently applied colour.

I hope this gives you a better understanding and maybe even ignites a desire to give it a try. 

The images of the lino prints are created by different artists to show you the beauty of the medium.

Have a great week,

Amina x

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