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Art Glossary: Linocut


Linocut proof

Bottom: The linocut block (the lino is grey, it looks black because it's been inked for printing). Top: Printed proof from the linocut. "After Vincent van Gogh's Bedroom". Linocut 5x6".

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Linocut is a form of relief printing. A design is carved into a piece of lino (linoleum). This is inked with a brayer (though you can use a brush, it's harder to get the ink even), and a print made by placing a sheet of paper on top so the ink is transferred to the paper. Pressure is applied to get an even transfer of the ink by either running the linocut block and paper through a printing press or using a burnisher (often simply the back of a spoon).

See Also:
An Introduction to Lino Printing
Art Worksheet: Christmas Tree Linocut
Step-by-Step Demo: Robin Linoprint Card

Also Known As: Lino block, linoprint

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