When I’m not so much in a drawing stage, I like to cut in linoleum, but for this you need to have a proper tools or it is easy if you have it.
The basic tool is a linoleum knife. But they are different and not just in shape, but the more important they are different in price. So more money better tool you could get. Just a few days ago I did buy a new knife for myself and what a different experience it is. It is like cutting in a butter so easy it is. If you plan to do linocut more then just a few blocks then I recommend that you invest in a good tool (knife at the bottom of the picture).
My new second improvement is a cutting base. It is very simple base that have a little tongue at the corners and one bigger on the bottom of the plate. What a difference if you making the linocut without it and your hand need to hold the linoleum plate when you cut it from other hand.
My linoleum cuttings are made in stages, first the sketch itself.
I have then problems with my questions is this good enough or usually I made a few sketches and then I go away from them and next day I decide which sketch is the best.
Then “The best stage” (at least for now) is cutting itself. I really enjoy in it and this is the process that takes some time and it is nice if I could go from baby crying to the linocuting.
Before the printing process, I do something different.
I don’t know why I don’t print my cuttings as they are. Maybe it is that I need to have time for this and with small kid, the time is a big problem. Or I’m just too lazy to clean after the printing. But I use my cuts in my art journal as stamps. I just use a stamping box and I made first print in my journal.
Here is one of my page from my new art journal that I’m working on it. I did like the sketch and I didn’t want to lose it so I place it in to the journal, and then I did make first linoleum stamp next to it; a little bit of color, a little stamping with my big letters and a lot of babbling about the thinks that I’m interested at the moment.
At the end I did get a nice memory of one day in my life that other wise I won’t remember it.
Like it, but I could now go further and make a new prints, the usual block prints, but more and more I’m interested what could I do with it in a mixed media way; so more experimentation and a lot more to learn for the future.