Tell your valentine they’re special with a hand printed card. Linocut is a form of relief printing. The negative space is carved away, leaving the image in relief. The raised image is easy to ink and print by hand.
SIZE: Lino block: 2.75 x 4.5 inches
Speedball Speedy-Cut block, 2.75 x 4.5 inches
Speedball lino cutter handle and blades, #1 and #5
Pencils, #2/HB and 4B or softer
Tracing or drawing paper
Blank greeting cards and envelopes
Speedball water based block printing ink (Shown in White and pink mixed from Red, White and Blue)
Inking plate, or glass
Speedy-cut blocks are easier to use and cut than traditional linoleum blocks. Use caution when carving image. Always keep both hands behind blade at all times.
Draw your design on a piece of paper or tracing paper with a #2/HB pencil. Trace over the keep design elements with a 4B or softer pencil.
Turn paper over on top of Speedy-Cut block and rub lightly with your finger or bone folder to transfer image.
Cut Outlines and Details
With #1 cutter, cut the outlines, then cut details. Work from foreground to background.
Using #5 cutter in big spaces and #1 cutter in small spaces, clear background. Work from center of area to be cleared toward the edges. Be careful not to over cut outlines.
Use brayer to ink up linocut block. Ink should have the texture of fine grain leather on ink plate. Too little ink will make the image faint. Too much will fill in fine details and make the image blurry.
With inked block face up, carefully lay card on top.
Using the baren (or another tool such as: finger, second brayer, large spoon, bone folder) gently press the paper onto the wet ink.
Pay close attention to large solid areas which often do not print fully.
Shifting paper or squishing the block will distort the image.
Carefully lift printed card off of block, and set aside to dry. Re-ink and repeat for additional cards.
Ink should have the texture of fine grain leather on ink plate. Too little ink will make the image faint. Too much will fill in fine details and make the image blurry.
Pay close attention to large solid areas which often do not print fully. Shifting paper or squishing the block will distort the image.
Wipe ink plate and brayer with paper towel, then wash with water, and towel dry.
To remove ink from block, hold under running water or dab with wet paper towel, then blot dry. Rubbing block may cause small pieces to break off.
Printable pdf file: BCC Lino Cut Valentines