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Lino / stamp repeat blocks

Simple by effective repeat pattern printing.

For this project you will need:

  • Lino (traditional grey) or Japanese lino or easy carve or mastercut (Essdee).

  • Paper to print on. I used HoSho paper and some cardstock.

  • Printing ink; Cranfield, Caligo safe wash relief printing ink.

1 block is a 30 to 45 minute project, including test prints.

I wanted to try a fan shape I’ve seen people use to create a simple repeat design.

I worked out how to create the right shape that would interlock and drew out a template.

I was only using scraps of Japanese lino and a small square of easy carve to play around with so my pieces had to be quite small.

I hadn’t planned out a specific design and just let it flow!

I ended up making 2 small fan shapes that can be used together, 1 larger fan to repeat, 1 square-ish block and I ended up with some offcuts from the fan shapes which made great leaf shapes!

I rolled out a small pea sized amount of black ink on a smooth inking palette. It was just enough to test each of the blocks. The safe wash ink can be cleaned up with soap and water or wet wipes.

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