Tuesday, 26 June 2007

Quiet class…

As promised here’s a quick run down on all the things you’ll need should you want to do some lino cuts of your own :)

1. palette knife for mixing inks

2. ink – I’m using a water-based printers ink called Nerchau. You can get both water and oil based inks, the water-based ones have the advantage of not smelling and being easy to clean…very important if you’re doing this in the living room.

3. rollers – one for rolling the ink onto the lino, one for rolling the paper onto the inked lino…don’t mix them up while you’re working…;)

4. a piece of Perspex to mix the inks on…as you’re rollering the ink around you’ll need something at least A4 in size and flat…that said you could mix it on a sheet of paper if you needed to.

5. lino - MUCH easier to carve than wood…

6. pencils for marking up design

7. cutters – the red handled cutter comes with interchangeable blades, which come in many shapes and sizes. I’m also using a scalpel…in fact I mainly use the scalpel…

8. Cutting board – you can buy these, or make one like this. The piece of wood at the top is to push the lino up against and there’s another piece of wood under the base that pushes against the edge of the table…so it’s all nice and solid…just remember to keep your fingers behind the blade and everything will be fine…

£25 would easily buy some of all the above and allow you to have a go with lino, so what are you waiting for…Class dismissed ;) Have fun...

6 comments:

SueC said...

Hmm interesting. Thank you.....But...How do you get the paper in the right place when you start with a new colour??

You see, I think I need a visual demo rather than blog correspondence...I'm just that kind of learner (or not) as the case may be.

I guess its 100 lines for me then....

Graham said...

Ah yes, it would be useful if I explained that bit too wouldn’t it…Will take another picture and explain all this evening…

Hildegard of Bingen said...

Hmm - this is all rather school masterly isn't it? Such a shame that you're only doing the lino cuts becuase you've hit a brick wall with the oils...

Hildegard of Bingen said...

Just to temper that low blow - what I mean is...I'd like to see some more of your oils...(moves halo back on head) 8-).

Graham said...

I'll get back to the oil soon Hildegard...and some of the lino work may yet morph in new oils too....:)

Miss T said...

Found this simple little 'how to' page:

http://www.richmondartgallery.org/inprint/linocut.php

I might even have a go myself 8-)