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Good Impressions Part 2: Linocut stamping on clay

Carved linoleum = block printing on paper, doesn’t it? That’s what I thought, but lino is used to make impressions on clay, too. Ceramics Art Daily has an article featuring Cynthia Guajardo, who using the technique. “Printmaking and Pots: Using Linocuts to Make Clay Prints,” was written by Annie Chrietzberg. Click here to see Guajardo’s work on her blog site. “Cynthia first sketches her design onto the linoleum with a pencil then holds it up to a mirror to see what the design will look like in clay,” states Chrietzberg. “Once she’s satisfied with her drawing, she goes over it with a Sharpie then proceeds with the carving.” Guajardo also passes on a number of tips, like warming lino quickly in a microwave to make it more malleable. She suggests working with woodcarving tools, not just linoleum carving sets, too. In addition, Guajardo told Chrietzberg that “a bench hook is especially useful for people new to carving linoleum.” She said, “This Z-shaped piece of metal hooks over the edge of your table, and securely holds your work as you carve.”

Most of my relief work is deep, but that could change if I become familiar with this method. My work could be more shallow, my tiles thinner. However, cutting a reverse image sounds mind-boggling. It would be workable, though, if I use the mirror technique. I could also have a small piece of clay at hand to test the relief as I was working. As far as materials, there are many online sources for linoleum blocks.  Most linoleum block carvings are used for printmaking but, depending on the design, it is perfect for making good impressions on clay, too. This About.com page on lino prints has a good list of  sources and links for supplies.

An excellent video tutorial series called “How to Carve a Stamp Print Block,” by Milliande, can be found here. There are four youtube videos in the series. Mind you, you will have to experiment, depending upon what type of relief you want…how deep or shallow. I came across some Flickr photo of raku pieces impressed with carved lino. They look really cool. Click here to see them…

 

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Close-up on carving linoleum blocks

Yesterday, we covered the idea of using linocuts to make impressions on clay. I needed a closer look at this art form…a tutorial on how to carve the lino. We know about the block of lino and the tools, but just how do we go about using them? What follows are two videos which help ground us in the medium. As I consider a design for clay, I must remember that it has to translate well with the type of clay I’m using. Heavily grogged clay won’t take fine detail, for instance. But, there seems to be no end to the application of this method and it’s exciting!

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