Block Printing

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“Linocut” is a printmaking technique, a variant of woodcut in which a sheet of linoleum (sometimes mounted on a wooden block) is used for the relief surface. A design is cut into the linoleum surface with a sharp knife, V-shaped chisel or gouge, with the raised (uncarved) areas representing a reversal (mirror image) of the parts to show printed. The cut areas can then be pulled from the backing. The linoleum sheet is inked with a roller (called a brayer), and then impressed onto paper or fabric. The actual printing can be done by hand or with a press

Block Printing watercolour ink – An opaque watercolour for use with woodcut blocks, lino and stamps.  All colours are intermixable and lightfast.  Ideal for block, lino and mono printing techniques


Softcut Carving Blocks – create your own works of art and experiment with artisan printing techniques with this high-tech carving material. Softcut is formulated for easy cutting making it ideal for all users from beginners to experienced printmakers.  Softcut holds fine detail without crumbling and yet withstands the pressure of a printing press.  This double sided material can be drawn upon with a pencil due to its light surface and can be washed under a tap after use.

Lino cutters and Handle set – lino handle with aluminium ferrule and 5 precision ground lino cutters manufactured from high carbon steel.


Metal roller, 10 cm – used for inking-up lino blocks prior to printing and can also be used for other general craft purposes.  Fully ground large surface area ink rollers (brayers)

Ink tray – plastic inking tray, 25cm x 19cm

Tips and method

  • Before starting, get all materials ready
  • Research block print artists
  • Find images/design an image
  • Reverse the Image on its vertical axis.( The image should be opposite when transferring to linoleum so it prints correctly)
  • Tape transfer paper on the block. Then tape the printout on top. Only place the tape on the top of the print so you can flip as you trace and see the parts that have already been transferred. Sort or like a hinge. So you can fold the paper back easily and it will lay back down in the same exact place.
  • Use a pencil for this because pens rip through the paper.
  • After the image is transferred go over the lines with a fine permanent marker.
  • Have a practice piece of lino.
  • Cut away the white areas of the image (whatever is cut out of the block will not be inked)
  • Use an electric blanket to warm the Lino – warm lino cuts smoothly and quickly.
  • Hold the tools firmly in your hand with your index finger about where the blade is inserted into the handle, cutting should be at a 30 degree angle.
  • Keep your tools sharp.
  • Wear rubber gloves and old clothes for printing.
  • When you have completed your design, dust off the linoleum block.
  • Squeeze ink into the inking tray and spread using a palette knife of lolly pop stick (both available at Lunesdale Art & Framing), start with a small amount to save on waste!
  • Roll the roller through the ink until it is evenly and thinly coated (it should look like Velcro ripping apart when you have trhe right amount on the roller)
  • Roll the roller back and forth over your lino block until the entire surface of the lino is coated.
  • Set the roller down upside down to avoid getting globs of ink
  • Be sure your block is anchored correctly – you don’t want it to slide around.
  • With clean hands  (no ink!) pick up the paper by the corners and lay it down on the inked block.
  • Press gently-use a brayer or the back of a wooden spoon and rub it gently on the paper – DO NOT wiggle or twist the block as this could cause smudging/smearing
  • Lift the paper off the block and set it down to inspect (keep misprints as you can learn from any flaws which may arise).
  • Place your paper n a clean and safe area to dry a drying rack is very useful.
  • After every print you must re-ink the block.
  • Check drying times, especially on different surfaces.
  • Always clean your work area and tools




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