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Linoleum Printmaking

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Linoleum Printmaking

Jee Kim

In this post, I love to share the process of linoleum printmaking.
The sketching process was posted: Hope Anchor Soul

This is the sketch for the project. I hand-lettered for the text instead of font typed out (see the linked post above) because that imperfection makes perfect senses for this type of printmaking. 

This is inverted image to transfer the image to the linoleum block. 

This is inverted image to transfer the image to the linoleum block. 

Printed Sketch, Graphite sheet, Linoleum block, Masking tape, Pencil

Printed Sketch, Graphite sheet, Linoleum block, Masking tape, Pencil

Layer up the sketch, graphite sheet and linoleum block together and fix with the masking tape. Then redraw the design over with a pencil. Use a sheet of graphite or fill out the back of the sketch with soft graphite (pencil). Make sure the text must be mirrored if the final outcome looks like the original design. Inverted image makes easy to transfer the design onto the linoleum block.

Carving is very slow and tedious process. It is better not to start with busy mind to prevent cutting myself or the details, especially for the design with letters.  I actually lost my logomark at the end of ribbon. Perfect circle in small scale is something I definitely would avoid next time. 

Embrace the little flaws and imperfections as aesthetics of handmade linocut.