The drawing that you would like to print and some extra scratch paper
A linoleum block
A no.1 pencil, a fine felt tip pen, and a ball point pen
A linocut set
An old toothbrush
A dark crayon
A bench hook/ inking plate
A soft rubber brayer
A baren (the round handled thing above)
Block printing ink
This may seem like an awful lot of stuff, but the majority of it is easy to come by and
readily available from any art supply store. We strongly recommend supporting your local art supply
store, but if you must buy your supplies online, dick blick has a great selection and good prices
(although we are not a fan of their linoleum). Expect to spend about $50 on this stuff to get
Once you’ve colored the whole thing, tape it to your linoleum block with the pencil side down and
image side up. Use a ball point pen to trace over the lines of the image. Press pretty hard. When
you lift up the paper, you’ll have traced your image onto the block. We like to go over the lines with a
#5 micron pen, but that’s mostly because we tend to carve in a poorly lit room while watching movies.
If you’re going to be carving in a well-lit room while paying attention, don’t worry about it.
It takes lots of practice to pull good prints, so have plenty of scratch paper on hand. You’ll also
want a sink and some rags or paper towels nearby. You'll be using your same bench hook as an
inking plate. Hook it onto the edge of a table with newspapers or oilcloth under it and squeeze a
little dab of ink onto it. It's important to not use too much ink. . . Just a small dab will do ya. Use
your soft rubber brayer to roll the ink.
Roll the ink in every direction. You want to spread it out nice
and evenly, so that it gets elastic. When the ink is ready, it
will have a pebbly texture, kind of like a basketball.
Lay your carved linoleum block on the table next to you, and
run the inked brayer over it in every direction. Try to spread a
thin but thorough coat over the entire raised surface of the
block. Once your block is inked, carefully lay a piece of paper
over it. Use your baren to apply pressure over the surface of
the paper. Be careful not to push the paper itself - otherwise
your image will blur.
Once you've run the baren over the whole paper a couple of
times, lift it up and turn it over. You've pulled a print!