I have always been a fan of the easy carve lino, it makes life so much simpler and is easier to handle and gives you less cuts on your hand - always a good thing! On that, one thing to note is that the tools are sharp, so watch your hands, always carve away from you or your hand and keep plenty of plasters around - just in case. Just like papercutting, this can be a dangerous game! So lets get started.
Tiger), Card or whatever you want to print onto, ink roller, Safety hand guard, tea towel or something to protect your surface, paintbrush, pencil, lino cutter with different blades, rubber, acrylic paint. You may also need a tray to put your paint in - not pictured. You can buy a starter kit from places like Cass Art.
Step 1: Start by drawing your design onto your lino, I chose to draw this cute dinosaur. The pack from Tiger comes with some handy pieces of tracing paper to use so that you can get your design right before going onto lino. But otherwise just draw straight onto it. Pencil is better to use as then any ink will not bleed when you use any ink or paint later. Remember as always with printing, anything you draw will be mirror imaged when you print. So if you want something to be a particular way around, draw it the opposite way.
Step 2: Then you can start to carve. Always carve away from you and I like to try and get as much carving done in the same direction. But sometimes it is easier to follow the outline first and then carve away from it. It is up to preference of how you find it works better for you. I would start with a simpler picture first, curves actually work out easier to do rather than sharp points and straight lines.
I hope you enjoyed learning how to do more printing, I think I will do a few more of these tutorials to show different ways of printing, as I find it quite therapeutic.
What would you like to learn to print? Any who would you make it for, let us know in the comments below. Also if you do have a go at any of our tutorials please do #livelovemake on twitter or instagram and so we can take a look.
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