Etched Linoleum Reduction Print by Sarah Whorf

I was really intrigued when printmaker, Sarah Whorf, mentioned her linoleum etching experiments. Not only does she etch linoleum blocks, she combines the process with reduction printing. Sarah is a Professor of Art at Humboldt State University in California and this is a recent print she made using the technique.

In order to etch the linoleum plate, she brushes on a wax stop-out and uses oven cleaner spray to etch into the linoleum block. The wax resists the cleaner so those areas are not etched away. She has posted a couple useful videos on Instagram that demonstrate her process - putting the wax on the lino block and a video of the work in progress.

Check out Sarah’s website to see more of her work, as well as a peek into her print studio.

Photo courtesy of Sarah Whorf

Jill Bergman's Lilies Linocut with Gouache

Jill Bergman is a Steamboat Springs, Colorado-based printmaker and illustrator. She recently finished this wonderful Lilies linocut, which is printed on 16” x 24” Rives BFK paper.

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After printing the black floral image with Gamblin Relief Ink from a carved linoleum block, she painted the flowers and butterflies with gouache. I really like the striking contrast between the rich, black ink and the colorful accents. Since the black ink is oil-based, it doesn’t run when painted. If you’d like to watch Jill’s printmaking techniques, check out her Instagram feed where she demonstrated the carving and painting of the lilies.

Lilies was made in an edition of 20 prints and is part of a series of garden flower prints Jill is creating - right now she’s working on an Echinacea piece. You can see much more of Jill’s work on her website.

Photos courtesy of Jill Bergman