Block Printing | Lino Printing Supplies

Lino Printing

Lino printing is a type of relief printing that involves carving a design into a linoleum block, applying ink to the block, and transferring the design onto paper. To achieve high-quality results, it is important to use the right tools for lino printing. Three of the most essential tools for this craft are block printing inks, rollers, and lino blocks.

Block printing inks are specially formulated to work with linoleum blocks. The Adigraf inks are water-based, making them easy to clean up, and come in a range of 24 vibrant colours. When selecting inks for lino printing, it is important to choose those that have good tack and hold detail well. The Adigraf inks are a perfect choice.

Rollers, also known as brayers, are used to apply ink to the lino block. They are typically made from rubber or foam and come in a range of sizes. When selecting a roller for lino printing, it is important to consider the size of the block and the amount of ink required. A larger block will require a larger roller to cover it efficiently, while a smaller block can be printed with a smaller roller.

Lino blocks are the foundation of lino printing. They are made from a material called linoleum, which is easy to carve and has a smooth surface that holds ink well. The Lino blocks come in a range of pre-cut sizes for convenience. When selecting a lino block, it is important to consider the size of the design and the size of the print, as well as the level of detail required.

Lino cutting tools are a crucial component of lino printing, as they are used to carve the design into the linoleum block. These tools consist of a handle and a removable blade, with a range of blade shapes and sizes available here to suit different cutting needs. Some of our popular blade shapes include V-shaped blades for creating fine lines, U-shaped blades for clearing larger areas of linoleum, and chisels for carving out larger shapes.

It is also important to use these tools safely, as they are sharp and can cause injury if not handled properly. Always use a cutting mat or protective surface to avoid damaging surfaces, and be sure to keep your fingers and hands out of the way of the blade.

As well as the essential tools for lino printing, we have a great selection of kits are suitable for beginners, and one-off projects. There is also a kit for children.

With the right tools and techniques, lino cutting can be a rewarding and enjoyable craft.

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