Home Relief Printmaking 101!

I have had this lino cut I carved from a year ago! Can you say "procrastination"? No worries though, I finally printed them! I made prints and books for my super buddhist parents. As soon as I showed them, they were very pleased, but also asking me to make them a number of other buddhist things!

Here is a little how-to: ( my homemade version ) 

first round of prints! i find that it prints better on fine paper than thick paper.

 next lino cut i'm carving! i like to cut out the shape outlines and then carve out the rest! remember it will print out a reversed version, so consider that in your design before carving!

 i did not buy printmaking paint, because it was so expensive for such a little tube and i wasn't sure if it was waterproof.  The oil based one which was waterproof needed a lot of other "things" to clean up after.

My trick : mix acrylic + retarder ( both can be found at any art store ) i have plenty of both already so it was perfect! 

but be careful! you have to test it out, if you add too much retarder, it's too goopy and will make your prints a bloody mess, too dry, it will not print well. so a little trial + error but once you get it, you can use ANY COLOR you want to print! Definitely worth it!! 

at first i used a spoon to press the paper onto the linocut, but later tried using my retarder bottle in attempt to recreate the giant rollers i used in printmaking class = worked a lot better!

 i taped a piece of yarn across my wall and hung up my wet prints to dry! otherwise they might smudge!

doing anything is always better with company!
( i used an old corner shelf that i never put up as the palette and paint rolling area.. i don't have marble slab tables like OCADU's printmaking studio, but it still works!)

 he's such a perfectionist, "I must align it properly!" 

what a beautiful mess i have made!

I hope this will help anyone looking to try relief printmaking at home! If you have any questions or comments, feel free to post them or email me, it's always welcomed.

'Til next time, keep doing art!!!

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