The Process of Linocut
Each piece of artwork requires great attention to detail. I develop a loose design, in reverse, directly on a block of linoleum. After the drawing is finished, I use gouges and knives to carve the design from the block. A thin layer of black, oil-based ink is then applied to the surface of the block that has not been cut away. I transfer the ink to a piece of printing paper by applying pressure with the help of a hand-operated press. Once the ink has dried, I add color by hand using colored inks. I may also incorporate other forms of printmaking such as monotype, or chine colle (applied paper) to add texture and color.
Each image is printed individually so the colors can vary slightly within the edition.
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