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Paint Lab
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soft printing block
lino carving tools
water-based ink
brayer roller
plate for ink
watercolor underpainting
on paper or canvas
Materials
Mystery is at the heart
of creativity. That, and
surprise.”
—Julia Cameron
This project allows you to easily create a repeated motif in your painting with the use of a
printing block. In your art supply store you can nd extremely soft blocks that have the
composition of a Pink Pearl eraser, and this makes for effortless cutting. The key to making
this project work is to begin with an atmospheric ground underpainting, so the uppermost
printing creates a frontal plane that increases the spatial depth of the overall piece.
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Linocut Printing into Painting
Loop, stamped print on gouache
1. Sketch out the form onto your printing
block, and begin to carve (gs. 1, 2).
2. Keep carving until only your raised form
remains; this is what will show up when
printed (g. 3).
Fig. 1
Fig. 3
Fig. 2
Let’s Go!
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Paint Lab WHat: ExPLoring Your ME dia
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This project allows you to easily create a repeated motif in your painting with the use of a
printing block. In your art supply store you can nd extremely soft blocks that have the
composition of a Pink Pearl eraser, and this makes for effortless cutting. The key to making
this project work is to begin with an atmospheric ground underpainting, so the uppermost
printing creates a frontal plane that increases the spatial depth of the overall piece.
Linocut Printing into Painting
More about Printing
I made the shape with the idea of an ear or a Munch skull-like shape, and I was excited to
see the linear ow that was created when the forms were overlapped. It created a strange
ower formation that was unexpected. Experiment on scratch paper to discover what your
shape might create. Try two printings before re-inking the block for a ghosted image.
1. Sketch out the form onto your printing
block, and begin to carve (gs. 1, 2).
2. Keep carving until only your raised form
remains; this is what will show up when
printed (g. 3).
3. Squeeze some water-based ink onto a
plate and roll it out with a brayer. Roll
the brayer to spread ink evenly onto
your block (g. 4).
4. Place the block on your painting and
press down rmly to ensure a printed
transfer. Make sure not to shift the
block (g. 5).
5. Carefully lift up the block and repeat to
add more printed forms to the painting
(g. 6).
Fig. 1
Fig. 4 Fig. 5
Fig. 6
Fig. 3
Fig. 2
Let’s Go!
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