How to Create a Lino Stamp

by Rebekah D


Step 1

The tools you will need to create your Lino stamp are: Lino, Cutting tools (v shaped and u shaped), Pencils, Tracing paper, Scissors

Step 2

And here is what you will need to print the stamp. 2 brayers (rollers), water based printing ink (we have used hydraset black), paper to print on and a large piece of Perspex or a non-porous surface.

Step 3

Choose subject for your Lino stamp. In the case we are using an animal drawing.

Step 4

Using the tracing paper, trace around the outline of the animal. Don't worry about details at this point they can be drawn in later.

Step 5

Place tracing paper, drawing side down, on your Lino and with a graphite pencil shade over the back of your drawing. This will transfer the lead pencil drawing from the tracing paper to the Lino piece

Step 6

If the transfer is not dark enough to see well, go over the lines with a pencil or fine pen.

Step 7

Now start cutting with the Lino cutting tools, always keeping your hand behind the cutting tool! Remember before you start cutting that what you cut will not print and what you leave will print.

Step 8

Start with the outlines, cutting fine lines with the v-shaped tool. Then carve out the larger areas with the u-shaped tool. Don't worry about the outside areas as we will be cutting out the animal.

Step 9

Once all the inside areas are carved out, use scissors to cut out the larger outer area.

Step 10

Cut inside the lines you have carved around the object.

Step 11

If there are any areas left that were too small for the scissors, simply carve them out with the carving tools.

Step 12

Once all the areas of the main sharp are carved out, it should look like this.

Step 13

Add details to create a more interesting print.

Step 14

Now to print! Using a water based printing ink, plenty of newspaper to keep the tables clean and a palette knife to scoop out the ink.

Step 15

Distribute and evenly roll out ink onto a large piece of Perspex or any other non porous surface.

Step 16

With the brayer, evenly cover the Lino stamp with ink

Step 17

Move the stamp to a clean area, free from ink and place the paper you wish to print on, over the top of the Lino. Once the paper is on the Lino make sure it does not move around or the ink will smudge

Step 18

With a clean, dry brayer, roll over the paper with a medium pressure. Do this several times. You should be able to slightly see the outline of your print.

Step 19

Slowly peel the paper away from the Lino stamp.

Step 20

The final Lino print.

Step 21

You can now print on a variety of surfaces, such as different papers and fabrics. You can even create a coloured background to print onto.