The preliminary drawing size is A4. As can be seen, nothing is traced. The sketch is reversed and redrawn on the lino. This allows changes to be made.
This is the preliminary proof of the Key block. It is taken to establish theposition of the design ready for thecolour block.
There are three lino blocks used. One of them is the Key Block (black) and the another is the Reduction Block used several times, cutting away more and more lino. The remaining block has bits of colour such as the rose hips.A finished print is a combination of layers of ink and is in an edition of 50 prints. In this example case, there are six layersof ink comprising blended colours. The images below are from the linocut ‘Sunset Phesants’ (Click to enlarge)
Stages in printing a linocut
Lino cutting tools
Colours are blended for the first printing. Thiscomprises the sunset cloud, the rose hips andthe pheasant colouring.
First colour printing. This is a colour block, oneof two which have had the black block image offsetto create a ghost image of the final black on thesurface. The first printing has to be done on the entire edition as this printing block will be cutagain and again.
Second printing. A colour block has beenfurther cut and the extra clouds added.
Third printing. This is the first full colourgraduation from main colour block.This Reduction block will be cut again formore colourand detail to be added.
This lino block is shown inked and ready toprint the colours shown in the image to theright.
Fourth printing. This has the main detail of the foreground and the distant fields.
This is the final ‘reduced’ colour block and mostof the lino has gone. What is left will darkenthe distant hedges and add colour to theforeground.
This is the fifth printing from the Reduction Block. All that remains now is to add the black from the Key Block.