Page 7 - March 2014
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Alan Brignull (4800)

WHEN making linocuts, some fearless people       the lino and put a piece of damp Ɵssue or
can just aƩack the blank lino freehand and       bloƫng paper on the top. You may need to
'draw' their picture with a gouge, but most of   experiment to get the right amount—too wet
us prefer to have a sketch there on the surface  and the image can smudge. Press it for a few
to guide our cuƫng.                              seconds (I used a bookbinder's nipping press)
                                                 then peel off the paper while sƟll damp. The
                                                 soŌened gum sƟcks to the lino, taking the ink
                                                 with it and leaving a visible image as a guide
                                                 for cuƫng.

                                                 I used 'Flat Sam' which has gum in a paƩern
                                                 of spots, but other brands of maƩ surfaced
                                                 parƟcle gum paper like Pancake would
                                                 probably work. I haven't tried the old
                                                 fashioned glossy gummed paper like BuƩerfly
                                                 Brand, but if you sƟll have any don't use it for
                                                 this, give it to me for prinƟng stamps on!

If your original design is on paper, you need a                                                    ½ƒã›Ýã ®Ä ã«› كн®Ä¦ çّ«®Ä ݛٮ›Ý ù ƒ½ƒÄ Ù®¦Äç½½
way to transfer it to the lino. The tradiƟonal
method is with tracing paper and pencil or
carbon paper, but more recently people have
started with photocopies or laser prints, the
toner of which can be transferred from the
paper to the lino by the use of a suitable
solvent, such as cellulose paint thinners. I
described the method for this in Small Printer
some years ago—basically, you place the copy
face down on the clean lino, lightly moisten
the back with solvent (not too much) and then
press hard for a few seconds.

This does not work for ink-jet prints, though,
as manufacturers have gone to great lengths
to make their prints proof against solvents,
including water. Recently I discovered a way
round this, though. Load your printer with
gummed paper the wrong way up, so that
it prints onto the gummed side. Then cut
out your design, place it image down on

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