See one do one teach one:
A brief overview of my Lino cut lesson and some take always
Lesson was in three phases/steps
Carving tools (six : small v, big U, straight chisel, angled chisel..)
Lino block 4x6 inch
Palate (box lid)
Printing paper A4
Printing paper A5
A4 Registration paper
A4 Plastic sheet
A) Image transfer
Begin with the end in mind: what do you want your final image to look like?
I googled Monkey and LinoCut/woodcut and image
A) Image Transfer
On tracing paper with 4 B pencil, trace outline of Lino block
Outside of outline scribe a capital R to remind you which way is right side up
Sketch outline of image you wish to print
Use bowl of spoon to apply firm circular pressure on tracing paper to transfer reverse image onto Lino block
Using one of six tools (commonly small V or big U) carve rivers by pushing awsy30degrees to the left, constant direction: turn Lino block rather than cutting tool: cut in one direction: 39degrees to the left.
Leave mountains to imprint ink
Remove rivers for white.
Align carved Lino block on A4 plastic sheet
Squirt small volume of printing ink on palate.
Load dauber with ink
Daub Lino block with circular movement
Align printing paper with alignment line
Use spoon to balan the paper into Lino
Multiple oblique prints may be used on A4 sheet for angpow
Can load2nd and 3rd colour by hand/ paintbrush.
The large sheet can be folded and made into two ang pow
Channel 8 TV crew was in hand to take shots and interview.
My monkey grabbing peach makes a nice design.
12"x72" Japanese paper, $9.70
Wood carving tools 4.92 per set of 6Speed ball printing ink 9.95x3
4x6 Lino $2.21x2
6x8 Lino $4.43x4
print on Japanese paper
Chased the coffee baristas..
Kopi3 was the definitive image
Carboned a photocopy with 4B pencil
Lino block ready for carving
Window view at Cordis Hong Kong
The completed LinoCut#4
Lion Dance, the sketch
LinoPrint5 Lion Dance
Roadside busker with Di Zi
Sketched, outlined with pencil for transfer to Lino block
Transferred, border embellished
Carving starting with Chinese Characters
I prefer small brush to big dauber (maybe lack of daubing skill)
Improvised baleen is good.