Pencil rubbings

Another great thing about cutting into lino is that you can do a test rubbing before actually covering it in ink or paint. Also, if you use the edge of a pencil or crayon and direct the nib in one direction (in this case example from left to right) so that the lines all go in the same direction you will notice that the image is the same way around as what you have drawn on the lino! This contrasts with when the lino is inked up and turned over onto paper or card. The impression made from the lino plate is always mirrored or in reverse.

In these two example pencil rubbings, I’ve cut two lino prints – one in soft pale grey lino (several tree trunks) and the other using a lino which has a mesh on the back (single tree).

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There is a further stage to this technique … If you use a blunt tip or a ball point pen which has run out of ink, you can rub over the surface and into the groves left by the lino tools and create an embossed picture.

Tomorrow I will show you the results of the lino print trees so that you can compare the pencil rubbing with the print πŸ™‚

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