You will need lino cutting tools as pictured, you can purchase inexpensive student tools from any good art supplier. There are many types of cutting blade which produce a variety of cut marks. I want a very bold image, so I will only be removing areas of lino that I don’t want to print. I won’t be adding any textured areas.
It is easier to cut lino when it is warm, this means the lino cuts smoothly. If it is very cold you can warm the lino plate on a radiator. When cutting the lino do not cut all the way through to the hessian backing as this will weaken your lino plate. Instead cut to half the thickness of the lino at most. Now to print.
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