Transfering Image to Lino Block

by Robert Wildwood

Image transfered to Lino Block using White Vinegar.

This works so good!

I just transferred an image I had drawn on paper to a linoleum block for carving and it worked perfectly! What I did was take the art i had drawn and photocopy it in my all-in-one HP Officejet. Then I cut the image out to fit the shape of the lino block, poured Distilled White Vinegar on the lino, then carefully put the Officejet copied image face down on the lino block. Holding it down to keep it in the perfect place, i then rolled it hard with a rubber brayer to push the image down on the lino block. The White Vinegar really broke down the Officejet ink and transferred it to the lino. I then peeled up the paper and there was the perfect image on the lino block- with alphabet letters properly reversed for carving!

I imagine this would work with many ink based originals or copies, but i don’t know if White Vinegar breaks down the plastic stuff that dry toner photocopy machines use.

Here’s the lino carving in action:

Carving the lino block with a #2 bit.

The lino block print on black glossy cardstock using Unbleached Titanium Liquitex acrylic paint. The red eye was stamped with a pencil eraser head with the center cut out for the pupil, using Cadmium Red Liquitex acrylic paint.

Color selection for block printing can be mind blowing. How will it look when it’s all together? Usually when experiementing with new color combinations i take a brush and do a mock image of what the final print will look like. Originally i had decided on making the sky blue, but then in the mock up it just radiated with red white and blue, those colors which conjure a certain feeling of flags of the world. I prefered the black, white, and red.