this one´s a special for yours truly. she knows, why :)
the idea for doing some linocutting and -printing grew bigger when i visited jens blog and (how so often) admired her work. her posts about gocco and linoprinting were somehow inspiring and as i at this time don´t want to buy a gocco-machine i thought to give linoprinting a try. some years ago i did much linocutting for christmas-cards etc., so i already had the basic materials at home.
i wanted a small design, about 5 x 5 cm to print on t-shirts or onesies for my new nephew.
with the computer, i printed out a very simple skull-and-crossbones design and traced it to tracing paper and then traced it to the lino plate:
then, using different knifes specially for linocutting, i carved the outlines and then the background of my design.
with lino-paint and a brayer, i colored the template.
you can already see that the background isn´t "clean", but in my eyes that´s what makes a lino different from other prints. of course, you can clean it up completely.
i used a (clean) brayer to "roll" over the back of the printing template to make some testprints on paper (left) and then did some carving again to reduce the lines in the background. then i did another trial print (right).
then i took a piece of muslin (what was once a sleeve), laid it on a "soft surface" (in my case one of those thick envelopes) and tried a print on fabric:
went out pretty well, if you ask me. in spite of this i will redo the background again, as now more lines can show because of the soft underlayer.
now i have to look for a fabric paint that is "creamy" enough to do some linos on fabric as i don´t know how the lino-paint will wash (or not...). normal fabric paint is wayyyy to thin to get good results.
or... maybe... do i want to have a gocco-kit? i will put this on my (way too long!) wishlist for christmas, i think. unfortunately screenprinting systems are not what you can call inexpensive. :o
so get crafty, everyone ;)