Multi-Color Linoleum Printmaking

This video shows multi-color linoleum block printing techniques from beginning to end, in order to create an editorial illustration. The process begins by brainstorming ideas from an article in the New York Times, and then transitions into drawing a mind map and into drawing thumbnail sketches. Techniques for carving into the linoleum are done, showing a variety of different marks that can be made with the linoleum cutter. Printing techniques are covered as well as the elimination technique which allows for several colors to be printed from a single linoleum block. Demo led by Art Prof Clara Lieu.

Video Walkthrough

  • Choosing an Article
  • Brainstorming
  • Mind Maps
  • Avoiding cliches  
  • Thumbnail Sketches
  • Tracing paper for sketches
  • Relief vs. Intaglio printmaking
  • Mounted vs. Unmounted linoleum
  • Preparing the block
  • Water vs. Oil Based Ink
  • Sketch to Block
  • Heating the block with an iron
  • Tools and Safety
  • Carving
  • Blade sizes, grip, hand position
  • Elimination block techniques
  • Carving techniques
  • Tearing Paper
  • Proofing with graphite
  • Rolling techniques
  • Hand-printing
  • Registration
  • Printing
  • Pulling the print
  • Inking
  • Ink viscosity
  • Editions of prints
  • Color gradients
  • Signing Prints

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