In the Printmaking Workshop Part II, we left everyone’s linoleum block carved, stored, and ready to print.
I covered the tables with paper and handed out (with my lovely assistant Barbara Jones) printing paper, envelopes, palette paper for ink, ink, brayers, wooden spoons, paper towels, stamps, and an ink pad.
Everyone put their aprons back on and I gave an inking and printing demonstration.
The printing process just took some getting used to, but everyone did a great job! They rolled the ink on the palette paper (which next time, I would just use cardboard strips instead of palette paper because the palette paper is pretty thin and shifts a lot when rolling out the ink). They rolled the inked brayer evenly onto their carved linoleum blocks, and transferred their image using a wooden spoon (rubbing the back of the paper on top of the block using the flat of the wooden spoon).
Once the prints were a bit dry, they stamped inside of their cards.
I had 4 out of 12 participants finish their blocks the whole way through.
Some of the finished prints!
We took our “artist” picture together.
Photos: Courtesy of Jessica Zimmerman Belote