Linocut printing involves cutting away specific amounts of the surface of lino using a gouge or chisel to leave various textures and varying lines. The image is create as a mirror image of the image you intend on printing as the final outcome.
We were shown some examples of images that can be created using this technique which could inspire us and show us ways to achieve various finishes.
In the Blenheim Walk workshop you can use two different types of lino. One is a newer lino, the older is slightly more difficult to use as it is hessian-backed which makes it more brittle and so can leave a less smooth-finished edge.
We were given an induction on using the newer, more sturdy material as an introduction to the process. I went in with little idea of what the outcomes could be and so was unsure of an image to create. I decided to simply experiment with the tools and create an image using different sized gouges to get to grips with the equipment.
I built up an initial image and printed using a grey paint. Applying different amounts of paint leaves a different effect. I also reprinted the image over the top but upside down. I then cut away more of the lino to create a new pattern and printed this over the top using a green paint.
I much preferred the image that I created after the second round of cutting as there was more detail and a more varied style of cuts in the lino creating a more interesting final image. I enjoy the process but think that my lack of illustration skills may hold me back if pursuing this field much deeper. However I do hope to use basic linocut techniques and combining them with other printing techniques.