at least two possible designs that could be carved onto the linoleum.
It works best if there is a border - even if it is a straight line.
Consider positive and negative space. When the designs are completed,
color everything black with a marker that will NOT be carved out from
the linoleum. Check to see if there is balance, too much black, or not
enough. Select the best sketch of the two sketches to continue with.
design onto the linoleum surface or transfer using the "Homemade
Carbon Paper Method". Never heard of it? Well, it is
a great little trick. Using soft leaded pencils, color the back of
the sketch. Next, place the sketch on top of the linoleum. Tape it
in place on the left and right with little pieces of masking tape.
It's not difficult to transfer the design to the linoleum. When you
trace on top of the sketch, the pencil lead on the back of the page
will transfer the art to the linoleum. You don't need to push hard.
in black everything that will NOT be carved out of the linoleum.
Place the linoleum
on the carving tray. But, if you use the linoleum as soft as an eraser,
you don't need a try like the handy dandy one seen in the photo above.
how important it is to always carve away from your hands. If a student
points the carving tool towards his/her hands, the tool will eventually
slip and there will be blood.
of the carving, it's time for printing. You don't need a brayer and
baren for each student. If you have four or five stations for students,
that usually is enough for the class because kids work at different
stages. Put a little printer's ink on a Styrofoam tray. Roll it out
evenly with a brayer. Then, evenly apply
the ink to the surface of the linoleum carving. Place the paper on
the surface of the linoleum and press evenly up and down with the
baren. Try not
to push from the side or the print will smudge.
you lift the corners of the print while it is still attached to the
linoleum, you can check to see if you need to press more in any areas.
Also, for parts of the print that might not have fully received ink,
it is possible to take a small paintbrush to touch up with printer's
ink. Whatever you do, you will probably have to print several times
before you get a satisfactory print.
If you only print with black ink, it is possible to also color with
colored pencils after the print dries.
This idea can
be used any time of the year but I like to use it for making Christmas
cards. Students can make six prints, on white paper, and then mounted
on red or green cards as desired.
I like to print
on white paper, but it is interesting to print on colored paper too.
you get a lot of good prints, you can experiment with things like
the sunset effect on the home page.