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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.

Here on my printmaking blog you can find tutorials and guides to linocut printmaking, interviews from printmakers around the world, and articles about life as a self-employed artist.