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Lino Printing

It's never too late to try your hand at something new and, for each month of 2019, we're focusing on a different craft to inspire your creativity!

Lino printing is a calming craft that enables you to create print after print of your handcrafted design. It'll be easy to get started with our range of tools and materials, available online and in store. The simple steps below will help you on your way to achieving custom-made prints!

How to cut and print with lino

1. Draw or transfer your design onto the lino
2. Fill in your design with a permanent marker
3. Begin to cut out the design, ensuring you are always cutting away from your supporting hand
4. Ink your design by rolling out a small amount of ink until tacky and spreading evenly over the lino
5. Carefully align the paper with the lino and press down in circular motions with the burnishing tool
6. Slowly lift the paper to reveal your lino print!

Lino cutting tool blade guide

Lino cutting tools often come with several removable blades to use, providing a varying thickness and depth of line.

Use the guide below for an idea of the type of line each blade creates in the soft cut lino. Test out each blade for yourself to find which suits you best. It is best to master the use of one tool first before moving on to different shapes and sizes.

Explore the blog for more print making ideas

Lino printing blocks can be used to apply a design or a repeat pattern to different surfaces and fabrics. Take a look at the inspiration available on the Hobbycraft blog to inspire your next project.

Frequently Asked Questions

All you need to get started in lino printing is included within the Lino Cutting and Printing Kit. This consists of lino sheets, a lino cutting tool with various blades, printing ink, a lino roller, and a burnishing tool. In addition to this, you will need paper to print on to. All of these tools can be purchased separately online and in store at Hobbycraft.
There are different types of lino, some of which are easier to cut when first starting out. EssDee SoftCut sheets are best to begin with, as the lino cutting tool will glide more freely. Traditional lino sheets are tougher and may need warming up prior to cutting.
When test printing a design, it is common to use very thin paper such as newsprint. For printing a final piece, it is up to the artist to decide the paper texture and weight that they'd like to print with. If you are creating an edition of prints to sell, it is customary to use a smooth paper of a high quality. These papers are availale as single sheets in A2 and A1 sizes in store at Hobbycraft.