Linocut technique YouTube research

There are so many YouTube clips of linocutting that I decided to dedicate some time to watching some of them and noting the techniques shown. For a process like Linoprinting which has many steps each of which require different attention to key methods, watching a video of someone else is a great resource. Gary Ratushniak on the Art of Linocut

Paper type: Japanese Mulberry Paper

Multiple colours achieved using separate ‘plates’ – registration achieved by lining up the same piece of paper several times with aligned marks on each plate… or on a jig into which the plates are fitted. Linocut Mix & Match at

Advocating having a ‘library’ of plates that can be used in a mix-n-match style to create many unique final images.

The suggested process is to use three plates – the pale colour printed first progressing to the darkest overprinted last.

Not cleaning the inking board in between plates creates a ‘serendipidy’

Interesting is that plate colour overlap is completely part of this process rather than trying to separate or isolate the areas. Linocut #4 – Registering Color

Includes technique of putting an uncut plate into the jig to pick up the pattern from the first plate so that there’s a guide for cutting the second.

Shows how to make a fade – two inks (eg Red and White) which are blended on the glass with the bayer so that the lino is inked with a two colour fade. In theory this could be extended [I don’t recall seeing this used by Bawden] LINOCUT – Artist Process – Christopher Mudgett

Low-tech approach. Highly stylised design. Lino placed face down on paper… then turned over and rubbed… then reversed again. That’s his way. Completed by hand – brushing in the non-solid parts of the print. Skull n roses. time-lapse linocut limited edition.

Cuts lino in half after completing the limited edition print run!

Skull image in centre – edges are left with a stripy pattern which is effective however may be an interesting limitation of the process… without some lino left around the edges there would be no support for the paper in those places: would that mean (especially at this A1 size) that the paper distorts and causes the print to become creased or incomplete in places?


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