Although I loved my dremel “Deal With It” sign, it was pretty messy and loud — two things non-conducive to apartment living. So I tried my hand at something neater and quieter – a linocut print.
First I drew my design, which was reminiscent of this Amsterdam print I pinned.
After making my design, I transferred it to my linoleum “block.” Ensure your writing is backwards in order for it to appear on your final print correctly.
Next, comes the time-consuming part — carving out your design. Use a linoleum cutter and take your time. I also used an Xacto knife to help guide my carving. Carve it pretty deep if you don’t want paint to be on the “blank” areas.
After you finish carving your block, comes the fun part. Grab your block printing ink, and put a dab (about a tablespoon worth) on your clean scrap cardboard. Using your ink roller, spread the ink out on the cardboard until it is an even coat.
Apply the paint to your template.
Roll your roller back through the paint to grab more paint for your template until it is evenly applied on the template. Cover the entire template.
Place your paper on top of your template, and firmly push it down, careful to keep it in place.
Keep pressing the paper down on the template over every single spot of the template.
Keep pressing. I used the back of a flat-ish spoon to make sure I got every spot.
Carefully unveil your print.
I made two prints. The second one had more paint for a more consistent look.
But I preferred my first print more, which used less paint. I think this one looks much more authentic and imperfect, which makes it less printer shop-like and more one-of-a-kind.