Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Creating a Lino-Print

 Form Primary started to cut their lino-blocks today. Elements such as shape, line, texture,balance, composition, positive and negative must be considered when designing and creating a lino-print. Generally a good print will be approximately 60% positive and 40% negative (negative being the part of lino that is cut away). It is also a good idea to retain part of the boarder as 'positive' so that the lino-block does not disintegrate too easily.

Equally important when cutting a lino-block is safety! The cutting blades are very sharp so it is most important to always keep the hand with which you do not cut behind the hand which is cutting. Always cut away from your body and use a bench-hook if available to you.