Lino Hearts On Canvas
Lino Hearts On Canvas
List of materials needed:
- 2 x 20cm x 20cm Lino sheets
- Wood carving tools
- Craft knife
- Architects circle makers, French curves and ruler
- Black marker pen
- Sponge roller and tray
- Rubber roller
- 2 x Artists canvas (25cm x 25cm square and 22cm x 30cm)
- Fabric paint in lilac and bright pink
- To make the prints on the canvas, you must use two separate lino blocks. One is very simple and one is very ornate.
- For the simple shape….draw the shape onto the lino using the marker pen and French curves. Then cut around the outline using a V-shaped blade on the wood carving tool. You must then shape it using the craft knife.
- For the ornate block…draw the pattern onto the lino using the marker pen. You must use the French curves, architect’s circle maker and ruler to shape the pattern.
- Then use the wood carving tools to carve out the pattern (this part takes a few days to carve out).
- Once you have carved out the pattern, shape the outline of the block using the craft knife.
- Cover the working surface with an old dog blanket to catch the mess. (Optional)
- Place a folded up towel into the space in the back of the canvas to support it so that the print registers nicely.
- Place the ornate lino block onto a page on an old telephone directory.
- Spread the fabric paint lightly on the tray using the sponge roller (do not put pressure on the sponge and do not scoop big blobs of paint).
- Coat the ornate lino block with a coating of the lilac paint,
- Place the lino face-up with the coating of paint on an open page and close the phone book on the lino to run a test print (The first print is always different from subsequent prints. It is quite a bit lighter.)
- Now you must ink up the lino again.
- Carefully place it where you want it to go on the canvas.
- Once you have placed it on the canvas put pressure on the back of the lino with a rubber roller so that the whole print transfers and then carefully lift it off.
- Once you are finished with the ornate print, drop the lino into a bucket of clean water.
- Then ink up the simple shape with the bright pink paint (repeating the test print step and re-inking step like we did with the ornate lino block) and then drop the shape on top of the ornate print.
- Let the print dry and then you will be left with a beautiful design on canvas.