Project 5: Test Linocut Print

I took my first Linocut print a few days ago. Here’s a photo of the result:

 

First Linocut Print

First Linocut Print

There’s a few things that didn’t quite work from the print; the ink on the lino was too think, so it’s a little light looking on the print. And I used a wooden spoon to rub the back of the paper, as this is recommended, and discovered that the rubbing had left marks (like back drawing would) on the print.

So it only seemed right to try the print again having cleaned the lino and let it dry. This time I cut some Cartridge paper to print onto, to see if that improved the quality of the print.
I also used a little hard roller to rub the back of the paper for my print.
Here’s the results:

 

Second Linocut print on Cartridge Paper

Second Linocut print on Cartridge Paper

 

The print is much cleaner, the ink smoother/ with a stronger covering over the print. The marks from the Linocut are also very clear, partly I think due the white backdrop.I like that you can see the fine marks made by the V shaped tool on this print/paper. I think it’s a much nicer finished Print.

I also tried printing the same Linocut on brown newsprint paper that had come in a package:

Linocut Print on Brown Newsprint paper

Linocut Print on Brown Newsprint paper

I made sure to apply a good coat of ink to the linocut before printing it, and as you ca see it gave a fairly even print. The print doesn’t look as crisp on the paper or have such a contrast, but I still think it’s a good quality, I just prefer the print on Cartridge paper.

 

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