I have glued two pieces of EZ cut lino block to a piece of cardboard. This allows for a bigger picture to be cut and give the students a place to put their hands. I encourage them to write on the cardboard reminders to keep their hands behind the tool. The dark grey paper is homemade transfer paper. Many of my students will use this rather than drawing directly on the block. The size of the block is roughly 6x12 inches
After the image has been drawn on to the block. A tool is used to cut away the negative space. I usually begin with the "U" shaped tool for the larger areas and then go in with a finer tool for the near edge details. This print is ready now for ink. As you can see the texture of the ink is just right and if you could hear the roller going up and down there would be a sticky sound to the rolling.
Here I have added just a few light touches to the color rolled on to the block. I add the paper over the top as it is the same size and thus the registration is easy. I then rub my hand in circles as a brayer, then gently peel the print up.
I like to add ink on top of ink rather than clean up and reapply. I like how the colors blend together or don't blend together when I don't roll the roller too much when collecting the ink. In the picture on the right, I am experimenting with printing on burlap. I liked how that looked in then end. I may try to make a bag or something and print on the bag.
Left to right: Burlap print, Cleanest print, Ghost printing
These were printed on some of my gelli plate monoprints. I thought it would be fun to experiment with some of the not so successful monoprints. I really liked how they turned out. I also used only the top 2/3s of the block for the square shape.
A final thought about clean up.
When I feel like I am done with the roller, I like to wrap a wet wipe around it. I have to travel down a flight of stairs to get to a sink and this keeps ink from accidentally getting on anything and keeps the ink wet so the washing is a breeze.