You will need:

  • Pencil (2B or 4B)
  • Micador Drawing Paper
  • Scissors
  • Micador Easy Cut Lino
  • Micador Stay Anywhere Pen
  • Micador Lino Carving Tools
  • Micador Hard Rubber Rollers, or normal paint roller
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Glass Panel or sheet of acetate
  • Micador Painting Paper or Roymac Rains Watercolour Paper

Step 1:

Trace around your piece of lino onto a sheet of paper then using a soft pencil, draw the first letter of your name. Fill the letter with different shapes and lines.

Step 2:

Cut out the paper square and place it face down on your lino. Using the pad provided in the tool kit, rub firmly whilst holding the paper down with your free hand. Be sure to cover the entire paper surface.

Step 3:

Lift your paper and your design should now be transferred onto the lino. If the design is faint, you can trace around it with a permanent marker to make it easier to see during the carving process.

Step 4:

Use your small ‘v’ shaped tool to begin carving out small sections of lino. Remember to always point your tool in the opposite direction, carving away from your body. Take your time and get used to how the tool feels carving through the lino. Press down lightly to begin with and lift the tool up to complete each cut.

Step 5:

Apply some acrylic paint to your pane of glass. We used the glass of an old picture frame, but you could also try taping down some acetate or baking paper. Use your roller to spread the paint around until your roller is covered in a nice thin coat.

Step 7:

Using your roller, cover your piece of lino evenly with paint.

Step 8:

Place your paper down on top of the lino and use the pad, or the bottom of a spoon, to trace over surface of your lino. Take care not to shift your paper. Lift your paper to reveal your linocut artwork.
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