Lino Printing is a printing technique very much like woodcut where you carve a design into the material using a sharp knife or V-shaped chisel. The carved out section of the Lino, won’t be shown on the final print as no ink will have reached the lower surface after having been rolled.
The material carved into for Lino Printing called Linoleum was invented and used as a floor covering in the late 1800s. Before Lino, artists used to carve designs into a piece of wood which was a lot more expensive than Lino, when Lino was introduced people described as the poor engravers wood.
How to create Lino Prints.
First of all, you will want to draw your design out onto a sheet of Linoleum and begin to carve away the parts you don’t want to be visible in the final print.
Once done you should have something that looks like this. On the left Lino, I created some interesting scratch mark textures, which I would later lay over some Brusho experiments.
Next, you need to ink ready. The ink we use for Lino Printing are called blocking inks and you will want to put a small blob of ink on your pain of glass. Then you will need to evenly roll the ink all over the face of the roller and roll it over the
Here are some of the interesting results I got from using green and black inks.
The reason why I wanted to experiment with lino printing was that I wanted to see what it would look like to have texture over the top or underneath watercolour. Unfortunately, I didn’t think completely about what I was doing as I wanted just the textured lines above to be shown and not the background so basically, I wanted the opposite to what I got above.
I quite liked these versions but they differently wouldn’t work for Cornish Country Cordial’s labels as they don’t look elegant and are in your face too much. The experiment above might work for a cordial made from fruit found in a jungle but doesn’t work for a cordial made from healthy Cornish fruit.
Here is my favourite result using the textured print over the top of the Brusho. If I was to do something like this for the cordial labels, I would create a lino design opposite to what I did with patterns and shapes that are associated with the fruits.