Lino printing mark making

Create a lino cutting tool sample block using your V and U tools


For this project you will need:

  • Lino cutting tools

  • Lino block. I used traditional grey lino

  • Caligo Safe wash black ink

  • Paper; Heavy weight 170gsm cartridge paper.

  • Roller, inking plate and barren

This project should take between 30 – 90 minutes.


(see below for video)


Firstly I took a scrap piece of traditional grey hessian backed lino and divided it into 20 sections (with pencil lines). I also chose 2 lino cutting tools. 1x V tool and 1x U tool.

I mostly carved straight on to the block, but you can draw guidelines first with your pencil.

The plan was to work in columns using the V and U tool to create negative marks and then repeat the tools creating positive marks.


This didn't quite happen.... I got a bit too distracted enjoying myself!

Maybe I should have drawn on with my pencil.....?

When my block was carved I inked it up using Caligo safe wash ink (black). As this is only a sampler of your tool marks you could use any printing ink you have.


I printed this onto a Heavy weight cartridge paper 170gsm


I ended up with some really good examples of using a U tool for circles (not the V tool) and how fine each of my tools could cut.


Share what you create after watching this video, on the 'Student Chatroom': https://triciajohnson.wixsite.com/tricia-johnson/student-chatroom

I can't wait to see your artwork!


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