*Do* Try This at Home: Linocut

This Linocut print shows the Bill Elliott Swing Orchestra *playing* at the Valencia Town Center in Southern California…

Linoleum block printing is a great method to try at home, if you’ve ever thought about diving into relief printing, but a workshop or class isn’t an option. A book on the basics is a great way to get started. (Look online for lots of options). My image here was based on a photo I took of the Bill Elliott Swing Orchestra at a free concert I attended with my family. I sketched the image using a sharpie pen directly on the linoleum, and started carving out everything I didn’t want printed. You can see my set up here (very portable – I’m on the patio), with my reference photo close by.

This is my linoleum block, with the image carved out of the surface. Click on the image for a close up.

In this sequence below,

(•) first, I’ve covered the kitchen counter with newsprint, squeezed a blob of black ink on a sheet of thick glass & I’m rolling it out with a brayer. Next, When my brayer is covered with an even, thin layer of ink, I roll it onto the surface of my linoblock.

(•) Then, after laying a sheet of paper on the inked linoblock, I use a baren to rub the back of the paper, ensuring that the ink is evenly printed on the paper.

(•) Next, I’m pulling the paper off the inked block.

(•)Last, after the ink has dried, I painted the print with watercolors, to give it a vintage, swing-era feel.

This linocut print is an edition of 30, and each one is painted with watercolors. This particular print is #7 of 30, and it’s sold. Take a look at my other work on Ebay

22 Responses to *Do* Try This at Home: Linocut

  1. Sketchalina 11/29/2010 at 8:20 am #

    This is beautiful! Are you using printmaking paper or watercolour paper?

  2. molita 02/09/2007 at 5:05 pm #

    Good work Belinda! I’d like to make this things too

  3. janey 11/30/2006 at 5:33 pm #

    Wonderful work and so great for you to continue to share your knowledge. And the intensity of watercollor is always amazing.

  4. MiJa 08/16/2006 at 11:22 am #

    This is incredible work! I really appreciate you sharing your process, and showing the hard work you put into your art!

  5. carla 08/14/2006 at 3:16 am #

    Absolutely beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing your process:>

  6. bill zeman 08/13/2006 at 4:55 pm #

    cool! I’d like to try this sometime.

  7. Natura 08/13/2006 at 11:33 am #

    Great and beautiful work. Thanks for sowing the steps!

  8. murphy girl 08/12/2006 at 7:47 pm #

    incredible! the patience you must possess!

  9. Liz Jones 08/12/2006 at 7:27 am #

    Excellent!! Thanks for sharing your process!

  10. Amy Zaleski 08/12/2006 at 5:42 am #

    This is really amazing. thanks for sharing your process.

  11. Christine Lim Simpson 08/12/2006 at 2:57 am #

    Thanks for sharing! You are a star.

    The finished artwork is simply gorgeous.

  12. rachel stoleru 08/12/2006 at 12:44 am #

    this is great! i love the final outcome. i wanted to experiment with linocut for ages, thank you for the detailed instructions.

  13. Cecilia's Art 12/08/2005 at 11:55 am #

    hi! i didnt know this technique, one person told me in my last post that image i posted could be perfect to do with this technique, but relly i didnt know it. until now that u have taugh me, thanks. nice blog!!!

  14. Toni 12/08/2005 at 3:28 am #

    thank you for sharing
    You get such detail in your prints.

  15. Zee 12/07/2005 at 12:08 pm #

    Belinda… WOW. You’ve left me speachless. What a wonderful print, and the process… oh the process!- thanks for sharing that with us. 🙂

  16. Cin 12/06/2005 at 2:25 pm #

    wonderful, love your composition and colors, the capture of the musicians is so great!

  17. Diahn 12/06/2005 at 10:19 am #

    Beautiful, Belinda!! I love that you color them after you are done – makes each one special and different! Do you ever find that the sharpie “bleeds” through the ink? I guess it doesn’t matter if you are printing in black, but I’ve noticed that when i use a sharpie with other ink colors, i get a little bleed through.

  18. Lin 12/06/2005 at 5:39 am #


  19. Nita 12/06/2005 at 5:00 am #

    Thank you so much for this wonderful overview of the process–and your carving/painting is beautifully skillful to prove the success of the method. I’m inspired!

  20. Linda 12/06/2005 at 3:46 am #

    You make it look so easy! But I know a lot of talent goes into this, as well as work to master that detailed carving technique. This is beautiful.

  21. Nancy 12/06/2005 at 1:52 am #

    This is so interesting – you’ve made it very clear. And I’m amazed at the fineness of detail in your carving. And the result looks great too!

  22. Terri 12/06/2005 at 12:26 am #

    Wow, such detail in your linocut block! Wonderful.

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