Working on a linocut of Herstmonceux Observatory, Sussex

Working on a linocut of Herstmonceux Observatory, Sussex

I’ve been wanting to do a linocut of Herstmonceux Observatory for a while. I like astronomy and science as a topic for prints. The buildings and structures used by astronomers and physicists really interest me. Herstmonceux Observatory is not far from here, out...
Beginning printmaking with lino: rollers and other sundries

Beginning printmaking with lino: rollers and other sundries

A look at those other bits and bobs that are useful for printmaking with lino. Bench hook Bench hooks are wooden slabs that help hold lino in position on the table while you are carving. I find them very useful to stop the lino escaping away from you, and they...
Beginning printmaking with lino: Carving tools

Beginning printmaking with lino: Carving tools

Here’s a quick look at what I’ve discovered so far by trial and error about carving tools, ink rollers (brayers, I think, for any Americans reading this?), and other useful bits and bobs that are useful for linocut printmakers. For my thoughts on lino,...
Beginning printmaking with lino: Materials – paper

Beginning printmaking with lino: Materials – paper

Having looked at lino, lino substitute and printmaking inks in previous articles, here’s what I’ve learnt so far about that very important topic – paper. What paper is best? There are a vast range of papers available to try out – and...
Beginning printmaking with lino: Materials – inks

Beginning printmaking with lino: Materials – inks

In this article I take a look at the printer inks I’ve tried. This is not at all comprehensive, and lots of relief printmakers will have other favourites. Oil-based inks CALIGO I started out with Charbonnel Etching inks, which are fine for relief printmaking....
Beginning printmaking with lino: Materials – lino

Beginning printmaking with lino: Materials – lino

Over recent years I’ve experimented with both traditional artist’s lino and various vinyl substitutes – so here are my thoughts and I’d be interested to hear what other printmakers think about the different products out there. Traditional lino...