The art of printmaking has been around since the 15th century, while the technique of linocut printing has been around since the early 1900's.
My process starts with a drawing on tracing paper, that is then tranferred to lino. The image is carved into the printing plate. I like carving the Battleship grey lino, it is a bit harder but yields greater results with durability and fine detail. My go to tools for carving have been Swiss made Pfeil tools.
Once the lino is carved its time for proofing, then printing. I print with Cranfield Relief inks. I especially love the Gold, it is a nice warm gold that contains a bit of Copper. And a side note about the gold, I find it to be more special of a color choice because digital printers cannot print gold - you can only get this look with hand printing.
After getting the inks nice and warmed up with a palette knife, its time to roll it out on my plate.
Once I get a nice even coat on the printing plate, my paper is ready to be burnished. The image is then transferred using a nice amount of pressure in circular motions using a glass baren. Next is my favorite part, time to reveal the print!