Immigration and Border Crossing Print by Deirdre Weinberg

The subject of this post’s linocut is very topical. The artist, Deirdre Weinberg, addresses immigration and border crossing in her submission.

Her artwork measures 12" x 18" and has mixed media layers of monoprint, screenprint and linocut (printed in that order). You can find a gallery of her prints, murals (I really like the trash cans) and paintings on her website.

Photo Courtesy of Deirdre Weinberg

Self-Portrait Lino Print by Steve Bennett

Steve Bennett, aka Jagger Studio, is a graphic designer, artist and printmaker in Leeds, who did this linocut self-portrait for his new business card design. It’s a reduction print with four colors: orange, yellow, sky blue, and a darker blue. He made a mask on the linoleum block with tape to print the orange background, and I really like the effect that layer adds to the overall image.

Lino Print self-Portrait by steve Bennett

Lino Print self-Portrait by steve Bennett

Steve wrote a recent blog post about his method, which I encourage you to read. It’s useful if you want to learn a bit about masking and using an iPad in planning a print.

creating a mask on the Linoleum block

creating a mask on the Linoleum block

You can see other versions of Steve’s self-portrait on Instagram. He’s also done some excellent portraits of musicians like Thom Yorke and David Bowie.

Photos Courtesy of Steve Bennett

Koi Fish Reduction Linocut Print by China

San Francisco-based artist, China, wrote a nice blog post about her step-by-step process of making a reduction linocut print. When you see a finished reduction print it can be hard to deconstruct it in your head and figure out how it was made. She documented the many steps with photographs, which helps visualize this printmaking technique. Printmakers who want to try this method of making multi-color prints will find this helpful.

Five-Color Koi Fish Reduction Linocut Print by China

Five-Color Koi Fish Reduction Linocut Print by China

She started off by drawing her koi fish design on the linoleum block with a Sharpie. China’s print has five colors, which were printed in the following order: yellow, orange, red, a blue gradient roll, and black. The limited edition of ten prints was made on Rives BFK paper.

Check out China’s blog post for more details about making this reduction linocut, as well as her website, which has galleries of her work.

Photos courtesy of China