Linoprinting Process

I specialize in the art of reduction linoprinting, a technique I have developed since 1985.

This method requires only one linoblock to create a multicolored image.

  • The design is drawn onto the lino with a permanent marker.
  • Areas to remain white on the print are carved from the block first.
  • Ink is rolled onto the raised areas, starting with the lightest color.
  • The linoblock is placed into a registration board.
  • Paper is placed on top of the lino into a fixed position.
  • Pressure is applied to transfer ink from block to paper.
  • Paper is removed, with the image appearing in reverse.

The inking process is repeated until all the prints in the edition are made.

The areas of the design to stay in the first color are then carved from the lino. A second color rolled onto the raised areas, printed and so on until all the colors are printed layer upon layer.

There can be up to 20-30 stages in the carving and printing process.

Most prints have been made by applying pressure with a baren or wooden spoon to transfer ink from block to paper.

With the addition of etching the lino with caustic soda, embossing and hand coloring a contrast of textures is achieved. Occasionally a second linoblock is used.

Once printing of the edition is complete, further prints cannot be made from the linoblock as the lino is destroyed in the process.

Every print in an edition has been individually made by hand, thus giving it a unique quality. They are printed on 100% acid free rag paper using quality oil based inks.

On the completion of the edition I sign, title and number each print.

Linoprinting is one of many forms of printmaking. The other main types are etching, lithography, and screenprinting.

Original handmade prints are made by an artist, creating a master block, plate or screen, from which a limited number of images are made – a limited edition.

Once the edition is complete each print is signed, titled and numbered by the artist. The number in the lower left hand corner e.g. 2/20 shows that this particular print is the 2nd produced from an edition of 20.

Fine Art original prints are often confused with reproductions. Reproductions are not original artwork-they are photographic copies of an existing artwork.

Be well informed when purchasing a fine art print.

Click on the images below to view an animation of the linoprinting process


This shows 7 of the 32 stages of making “In the Balance”. It is one of my most complex linoprints.
This shows 6 stages of detail
from “In the Balance”
This shows 17 stages of making
“Nature’s Garden – Bold Banksia”