Black & White Relief: Winter Scene Cards
Challenge: Create a set of 4 winter scene cards using the linocut printing technique. Also create packaging for them as if they would be sold in a store.
Linocut is a printmaking technique, a variant of woodcut in which a sheet of linoleum (sometimes mounted on a wooden block) is used for the relief surface. A design is cut into the linoleum surface with a sharp knife, V-shaped chisel or gouge, with the raised (uncarved) areas representing a reversal (mirror image) of the parts to show printed. The cut areas can then be pulled from the backing. The linoleum sheet is inked with a roller (called a brayer), and then impressed onto paper or fabric. The actual printing can be done by hand or with a press.
Materials: Linoleum, linoleum cutters, ink, paper
Phase 1 –Planning
- Introduction: PowerPoint & Examples
- Research multiple designs for your image for the card, include images from other artist, images that inspire you
- Brainstorm & Draw
- 5-6 well developed drawings exploring animals, winter scenes
- 3 designs of different animals
- 2 designs of different backgrounds for the animal
- 3-4 samples of texture/pattern/ embellishments to make the image look more 3d/ more life like
- Draw out image in exact size and proportion of linoleum block
- Color in image with black marker what you want to be printed black, leaving the white areas what you will cut out with the linoleum tools.
- Demonstration: Transferring your image to the linoleum block
- Transfer image to linoleum block
Dimensions & Requirements:
- 4 x 6 inch block
- image of a winter scene with an animal in it
- no text
- texture/pattern/ embellishment within image enhancing the animal & scene
- an edition of 4 prints
Phase 2 – Cutting
- After transferring the image, color in the areas you wish to keep black with a black marker
- Demonstration: How to use the linoleum cutting tools
- Practice cutting: use the back of your block to practice cutting using the cutting tools
- Begin to carefully carve away the areas you did not color in with the black marker.
• Always carve away from yourself
• Keep your non-cutting hand behind your cutting hand on the linoleum or on the table.
• Carve slowly, so you do not slip and carve in areas you wish to keep.
Phase 3 – Printing
- Setting up the inking station
- How to roll out ink (and how we share space)
- How to ink your block
- How to print your block
- Roll out ink
- Ink your block
- Place paper on your block
- Spoon the paper to transfer the ink
- Carefully peel off the paper and place on drying rack
- Re-ink your block and repeat until you have 4 images exactly the same.