Lino Relief Printing Blocks
Lino printing is a beautiful form of fine art printmaking. The major benefit of this form of art is that it is softer than wood making it easier to carve and use. Another benefit is that color can be added to the prints.
A piece of linoleum forms the basis for a printing technique whereby a picture is gouged in a piece of linoleum using sharp metal cutting tools. This image of the Lino is then inked up and and printed onto paper.
Tips for using Lino: lightly scuff the surface with steel wool before beginning to give a slight tooth, this helps the ink to adhere to the Lino. When working on a small piece of Lino, (such as greeting card or bookmark size) glue the Lino onto a larger piece of board or heavyweight strawboard to prevent curling and to avoid finger cuts. If you are doing reduction printing, use a two hole punch to put holes in the base of the cardboard, place split pins through these, tape them across the back to secure and use them as a fast registering device. Make matching holes in your print paper and you will be amazed how much time you save.