Etched Lino

Printed etched lino block today… was difficult to print as it was not bitten deeply  the result was “splotchy” and fuzzy.  I definately need a better roller !  The prints weren’t terribly successful and  I’m trying to enhance  them by hand painting !     Managed to “waste”  lots of paper  – trying to achieve a good print of something today !  But as usual BIG learning curve.

Morning yoga

“Morning Yoga – the first 2 “not so successful” experimental bleed prints

Morning yoga

 “Morning Yoga”  – the etched lino block

The lino was blocked out using bitumen paint (and the use of paper stencils) then etched with caustic soda.   Lino mark making is usually so direct and considered but etching lino provides  a whole new and exciting twist – you can achieve  whimsical,   painterly, marks.  I am enthused about lino again.


6 thoughts on “Etched Lino

  1. I have been working on an intaglio lino this past fortnight Jo, and will post about about it on my blog soon. I just love the ‘darks’ you can achieve and as you say the variety of marks. I have also added to the lino surface using Lascaux acrylic hard ground liquid. Its a bit expensive BUT you can do so many things with it. I swear blind by it. Use it a lot.
    Anyway you can add it diluted or straight. Use very fine brushes or whatever.
    You can scratch into it when its dry. It makes lino intaglio a very broad range of possibilities.

  2. So lucky to find you! I am an art teacher in Sydney and have about 14 lino/woodcut students who are dedicated. Just looking for some inspiration for etching and found this site…..very helpful and about to try some lino etching. Any ideas for jazzing up my lino tiles gratefully received!

    1. Hello Cilla, Sorry for the delayed response. The marks that you can achieve are very painterly. I’ve only tried it a couple of times. I love the results but the process is quite toxic so I’m not big on it ! Make sure you put a tray underneath your raised up lino tiles because when the caustic starts to work it gets very runny and runs everywhere. You don’t want the lino sitting down in the tray as the caustic will start to eat into the back of the lino ! Constantly brushing off the excess liquid helps speed up the process as does a warm room. You can use bitumen paint to block out the areas that you don’t want etched and once the areas are bitten deeply enough you can remove the bitumen with a little bit of white spirit. My teacher at college Iona Johnson has done some beautiful etched lino work. She taught me that often results for etched lino are better if printed intaglio rather than relief. Good luck with it all. Jo

  3. Hi jo some years ago i experimented with ecthing of lino and found a fantastic result using beeswax applied using a tool that is used in making pysanky eggs a ukranian decorated easter egg ( if batik oetoreo is still in exitance they supplied them) the tool is heated and then scooped in to the beeswax and it goes onto the lino well and acts as a resit for the sodium hydroxide. You can get a very different effect. But i used sodium hydroxide gel instead of the solution it prevented a lot of the curling and messiness of the solution as it gets on the back of the tile and was a lot safer and more controllable. Originally I used the sodium hydroxide gel oven cleaner but unfortunately you can’t get it anymore. The spray on oven cleaners tend not to work. I am now trying to find some more sodium hydroxide gel but not having much luck. When i was at tafe they used a stronger gel for cleaning screens of grease etc for screen printing but not sure where to find even that please let me know if you can find a supplier. Thanks

    1. Hello Gay, Apologies for my very delayed response. Sounds interesting and less messy than using the caustic. Do you have a web presence so I can see your work ? I’m not sure where you will get Sodium hydroxide gel – sorry. All the best with your printmaking. Jo

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