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What is linocut printmaking?

 

Linocut is a relief printmaking technique in which a design or pattern is carved into a sheet of linoleum using a variety of sharp hand held tools, often V and U shaped tools. Ink is then rolled onto a glass plate and a brayer is used to apply ink to the carved block surface. A sheet of paper is applied to the top of the inked block and a wooden spoon/baren/printing press used to transfer the ink onto the paper. Linocut as a printmaking art form began in the twentieth century and has been used by many prominent artists including Pablo Picasso.

I have a selection of printmaking guides and interviews available here on my website but I now create regular content in my printmaking community on Patreon.

 

Patreon is a community platform that members can join to unlock in-depth content created by an artist about their specialist subject. Here's what my Patreon includes...

 

Each month you'll receive a new linocut print delivered to your home. These will be hand printed and vary each month in design and colour and will be A6 in size- they make thoughtful gifts too.

Each month there's a new creative prompt to join in with. This will be a word or phrase, like 'bloom' to encourage everyone in the community to get creative and inspired to produce a small piece they're welcome to share with the community. I'll be creating a linocut based on this theme but you're welcome to create yours in whatever medium you feel drawn to; pencil sketch/collage/watercolour, the choice is yours.

Once a month there'll be both a written Q and A session here on Patreon and a printmaking live session to join in with where we can share what we're working on together and work together on our projects.

My Patreon includes weekly printmaking tips, tutorials and step-by-step guides both in written, photograph and video format. I'll be posting 1-2 times per week with new content including behind the scenes life as a full-time printmaker.

Everyone is welcome here in this community. Hope to speak to you soon, Haychley.

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