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Print making from lino.

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Printmaking A print is a shape or mark made from a block or in our case, a lino tile that is covered with wet ink and then pressed onto paper. Most prints can be produced over and over again by washing then re-inking the lino that you have cut. A lino tile can be used for making relief prints (prints where the tile is cut into and the ink rests on the areas that have not been cut out). Lino is a durable, washable material that is used more for flooring in today's kitchens etc. In art, it is usually backed with canvas to make it more durable. The linoleum can be cut in the same way woodcuts are produced, however its surface is softer and has no grain, making it much easier to use for printmaking than soft woods, although wood can produce better results. ...read more.

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and then trace the lines again onto the linoleum with a pencil, pressing hard so your soft lines are transferred onto the lino tile. Make them stand out more by going over them with pencil if necessary. 4. Heating the linoleum with an iron makes the cutting much easier and safer. Be careful with the iron, it will most likely be hot! 5. Place the tile onto a bench hook to secure it. Gauge out your lines with a cutting tool, using the finest blade available and making your cuts deep enough to see a shadow. Remember that the lines you cut out will not have ink on them, they will remain white or whatever colour the printing paper is, and these will then be cut out. Always gauge the tile in the opposite direction from you to avoid cutting yourself. When your sketch is on the lino, it will be mirrored (any writing etc will be backwards) ...read more.

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Lift the corners of the lino away from the paper to check the print. If the image looks vague, continue pressing until you are satisfied with the transfer or put more ink on the tile but make sure that the tile does not move out of place. Print five or six prints to allow for mistakes. Re-ink the lino between each print. 8. Your image will now have been transferred onto your printing paper in your lightest colour. 9. Wash the ink off your lino tile and leave it to dry. When it is dry, proceed to cut out all of the areas that you want to be covered in your lightest colour, as there is no need for these areas as they have already been printed. 10. Now repeat the process from step six, this time using the medium colour. When you have printed over your five light colour prints with the medium colour, repeat the process from step six with your darkest colour. When you have finished, you should have prints of your original image in three different colours. ...read more.

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