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