lino printing
 
LINO PRINTING is a form of relief printing such as a potato print , that is, the printing surface is raised. 
Lino can be bought in different sizes from your local craft shop. Linoleum's main advantage is that it is easier to cut into when compared to earlier woodblock printing. With lino you can cut in any direction without having to worry about the wood grains. However it is quite difficult to create any delicate, accurate line work such as cross hatching using lino. 
Try to keep your lino designs simple. Strong black masses and simple bold cuts suit linoleum. Try to have a good contrast of line and textures in your design. Because lino is quite hard in cold temperatures, you should leave your blocks on a radiator for a few minutes before you carve. This will soften
the lino which will allow you to work quite quickly cutting out your design. When planning for your lino design, first plan your composition in black and white on the same sized page as your lino block. Make sure your composition appears visually balanced. When you are happy with your design, trace using tracing paper. Place a sheet of carbon paper onto your lino block so as when you place your tracing on top(reversed) and redraw over the whole design, it will be transferred like your original drawing ,except in reverse. This is because it will be reversed when printed.
When cutting always make a clean confident stroke. Think carefully about your cuts because mistakes cannot be put back in. Always cut away from yourself. Keep your other hand well behind your cutting strokes. The gouges/cutters are sharp and it is very easy to make an accident.
You can print on most types of porous papers, try to experiment. When you are inking, don't
over or under ink and make sure you cover all the corners. Use either a sheet of perspex or 
glass to roll out your ink, so as to get an even coating onto your roller. Therefore it will apply evenly onto your lino. Place your page over the lino and rub smoothly over the back of your 
page in a circular motion of burnishing. Rub firmly every portion of the print. Remove the paper carefully from one corner at a time and allow your print to dry.