Linoprint is a very user-friendly medium and Schmincke College Linol and Schmincke printmaking mediums are great for printing on surfaces such as paper and cardboard. The starter set of inks contains five odourless and water-mixable linoprinting colours. These five colours can be used to mix almost every colour of the rainbow. The Schmincke printmaking mediums allow you to modify the characteristics of your ink – they include an extender for creating transparent glazes, a gloss medium and a pearlescent medium.
To demonstrate the use of these inks for great hand-pulled prints without a printing press, the artists at the Schmincke colour company in Germany have carved some stamp carving sheets and rubber erasers in the spirit of the Summer with cheerful seasonal motifs.
The materials they used:
• Schmincke College Linol ink set
• Rubber sheets and erasers on which they have carved summer motifs
• Schmincke Lino Mediums: Lino Pearl for pearl gloss effect, Lino Extender and Lino Gloss
• A roller for colour application
• A glass plate for rolling out ink colours
• Paper for printing – Hahnemühle Nostalgie
• A painting panel was used to help apply even pressure
• Spray bottle with water
• Schmincke Lino-Clean
The Schmincke College Linol set is perfectly suited for mixing further colours. Here they mixed some red and blue on a glass plate with the roller and got a beautiful violet. For a pearl effect they added some Lino Pearl medium and mixed it into the ink with the roller.
Printing the carved block
They then rolled the violet-pearl shade onto the carved rubber plate. They put the printing paper onto the stamp and pressed it carefully and thoroughly onto the colour. For even pressure that will give an even transfer of the ink they used a painting board on top of the paper. The reveal moment of a hand-pulled print is always exciting! A tip: the best pearl effect can be achieved when using darker colours.
Reactivating the Ink
These inks dry to a wipe-resistant finish within approximately 15 minutes, depending on the thickness of the application – but they are not waterproof. Dried colour on the glass plate can be reactivated with a little water, a spray bottle works great. Then you roll with the roller until the lino colour regains its usual properties. The printing results will be as beautiful as ever.
An already dried print can easily be overprinted with another contrasting colour. If you use the extender medium to create a glaze when overprinting then the first layer will show through, creating a third colour – the first colour, the second colour and the colour created by the overlap.
Demonstrating the characteristics of the Schmincke Lino Mediums
The Schmincke owl logo was printed using neat ink on the left side and ink with a medium on the right side.
With these inks and mediums you can easily clean fresh colour from printing blocks and tools using just water.
If the ink has completely dried on the tools it may help to use Lino-Clean to remove ink from your blocks and rollers.
More Printmaking Blog Articles including how to carve a block or an eraser
- Easy Creative Linoprints with Schmincke Inks
- How To Make Your Own Linocut Christmas Cards
- Stephen Fowler: Printmaking with Rubber Stamps
- Akua Intaglio & Akua Liquid Pigment
- How to Make Your Own Wood Engravings for Christmas or Greetings Cards
Printmaking Supplies at Jackson’s Art
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