How Linocut Prints Are Made
The key to the method of making an original print lies in the creation of a master design on a suitable medium, which can be inked and printed to produce a limited quantity of identical images or impressions. The artist/printmaker authenticates the impression by signing and giving each print a number. Thus the term, signed edition by the artist.
David Conn’s linocuts are created by removing about 1/8 inch of the surface of a piece of linoleum using one carving tool. This leaves a raised part that will be printed. A fairly stiff ink is applied to this matrix surface with a roller. The paper is laid upon the printing surface, then light pressure is exerted, using a mechanical press. The resulting image reverses what is visible on the block. The child’s potato print and a humble rubber stamp are forms of relief printing.