These are the materials and tools that I use. This list is not exhaustive and will vary from printmaker to printmaker. When buying tools and equipment it is purely choice and budget, buy the best you can afford. It is sometimes wise especially if just trying out lino cutting to go on a one day course and experiment first with what suits you best before buying!
- Drawing materials to draw directly on to the lino or to transfer your image from tracing paper (e.g. biro, permanent marker)
- Lino (hessian backed linoleum – can be grey or brown)
- Lino cutting tools. Various quality cutting tools are available. (I use artist quality lino cutting tools – a selection of v cutters and gouges in different sizes)
- Rubber roller and, if the design warrants, an additional narrow rubber roller. (I use Durathene Artist Quality rollers from Lawrence Art Supplies, and narrower ‘Handy rollers’ from Hawthorn Printmaker Supplies).
- Oil-based printing inks or water-based inks (e.g. Caligo safe wash relief ink)
- Glass or Perspex sheet for rolling out
- Palette knives for mixing ink
- Burnishing tools (e.g. old wooden spoon or a Japanese Baren for burnishing the ink from the lino on to the paper). A printing press (if you have access to one), the actual printing process can be done by hand or with a press.
- Proofing paper – newsprint
- Printing paper. (I use Zerkall Extra Smooth White specialist printing paper 145gsm)
- Cleaning materials (e.g. white spirit) and rags
- An old iron to warm the lino can also be useful
Janice Earley | Artist | Printmaker | Illustrator | Rookery Studio