Linocut printing (or lino printing) is a printmaking technique that dates back to the early 1900s. Back then linoleum floor sheets were used to create the printing plate, but nowadays there are more user-friendly options available. Lino printing is a fun technique that is easy enough for even a novice to use! There are so many possibilities to create amazing artworks using different colours, patterns, mark-making, reduction printing (creating multiple printing plates out of a single sheet of lino), layering of prints and more. In today’s blog post we will be showing you an easy way of creating a lino print by hand, without the use of a printing press. We will be demonstrating using the Schmincke water-based lino ink in Ultramarine blue.

What you will need:
– a sheet of lino (we have used the soft, grey/black kind)
– pencil and permanent marker
lino cutting tool
lino ink
brayer (hard rubber roller)
– sheet of glass (or something similar)
– metal spoon (such as a soup spoon or table spoon)


STEP 7: Voilà! Admire your first print. You might notice that there are areas that might need a bit of tweaking or bits that you’d like to change – simply clean off your plate and use your lino cutter to work some magic. Keep printing until you’re happy with it!


  1. NashReply

    I love this article! I purchased myself a lino print set but haven’t used it yet. This is inspiring me to get myself in gear! 😀 looks very simple

    • MeganReply

      Hi Nash

      We’re so glad that you enjoyed it! Have fun with your set – experiment and play; it really is as simple as it looks! If you’re looking for ink at any stage, the one we’ve used in this demo is simply delicious.

      Have a great day
      The Deckle Edge Team

  2. KorienReply

    This is great! So simple that I will definitely try. But… if I am inking the plate, what is the function of the ink squares on the sheet of glass?

    • MeganReply

      Hi Korien

      Yay – we’re glad you enjoyed the post! The idea with the sheet of glass is to roll out your ink smoothly onto the brayer (roller). An analogy would be the paint trays you use with a paint roller. Does that make sense? You can use a tile or similar instead of glass. The point is just to get an even coating of ink onto your brayer before starting with making your print.

      Have a lovely day
      The Deckle Edge Team

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