In the first of an occasional series of articles exploring specific printmaking techniques, here we take a look at linocuts.
This relief printmaking technique will see the artist cutting the surface of linoleum with a sharp knife or V-shaped and U-shaped gouges. The remaining areas of linoleum will then be inked up, paper will be laid over the top and then the artist will take an impression, either burnishing by hand using a barren (or even a wooden spoon) or using a printing press. This process will be repeated for each colour that makes up the finished print.
In this short film, Angie Lewin can be seen developing a linocut from the initial sketching to making the finished print.
Here we've selected some of our current favourite linocut prints available from our online gallery - you might like to view all available linocuts.