Linocut is a relief printing technique, a variant of woodcut in which a sheet of linoleum (sometimes mounted on a wooden block) is used as the relief surface. The design is then cut into the linoleum surface with a selection of specialist tools, with the raised (or uncarved) areas representing a reversal (mirror image) of the parts to show printed.

The linoleum sheet is then inked with a roller (called a brayer) and impressed onto paper or fabric. The actual printing can be done by hand or with a press.

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Linocut at Green Door

Traditionally, oil-based inks would have been used in the printing process, but as part Green Door’s ethos, the use of water based inks are used in order to lower environmental impact, whilst also maintaining the same outcome as that of traditional oil based inks.

The use of colour can also play a major part in relief printing and can be easily achieved if needs be. By using various techniques and methods, those who wish to add colour can do so with both guidance and support from Green Door.