Today Age of Reason goes all Art Attack on you. You can follow these easy-as-pie steps to make your own Lino cut. If you do this PLEASE send us a pic! Our contact details are HERE. Or Tweet it to us at @AgeofRScarves.
You will need
- A set of lino cutting tools (about £7 from an art shop)
- A sheet of A5 lino. I used the soft rubbery type, but you can also get the tougher traditional type we used to use at school. (about £7)
- A pencil to mark out the print.
- A roller. (£8)
- A tube of block printing colour (£6)
- An old plank of wood- I used an old chopping board. (free)
- A tube of Superglue (£2)
- Heavy weight paper.
First draw a pattern or picture in pencil and carve out the bits you want to be white. Leave the bits you want to be black. Shading the drawing with the pencil first can help to guide you. Take care not to slice your finders off! Cut away from the hand!
Cut out the lino print leaving a border (or leave uncut if you want black around the image). Glue it onto a flat piece of wood. Squeeze a small amount of block printing colour onto a plate or other flat glass or ceramic surface. It helps if it’s very flat. Roll the roller over the colour repeatedly until you have a thin tacky layer on the glass. It should look like thin leather and make a crackly sound when it gets tackier. This means it’s ready.
Roll thinly onto you block and print by pressing down onto the paper. I did this on the floor then stood on mine.
This might take a few attempts to get the right pressure and amount of colour. Have fun! You can expect to see this print turn up on a future Age of Reason scarf. Visit us at Scoop London Show in January to see it in the flesh.
View our full collection of scarves online at http://www.age-of-reason-studios.com/