Inked up brayer ready for printing

Colour Mixing

Hello all!

I like sharing my processes here and thought today I would share a little about colour mixing.

For lino printing I use Caligo Safe Wash Inks and an extender or the oil to help it mix and roll easier. 

I think mixing the ink for lino printing is one of my favourite processes (after the therapy of carving the block!). Sometimes it goes wildly wrong and you end up with oodles of ink that you don’t know what to do with… but when you get it right there is something so satisfying about it and the sound of the first couple of rolls with the brayer (roller) is just delicious! – sexy right?

Finding the ‘perfect’ colour can be painstaking, especially if you are really indecisive like me, but I love mixing inks (it reminds me of making mud pies as a child!) and testing them out on little swatches of scrap paper.  

I recently managed to create the best blue/grey colour for my Harbour series, the feedback on my Insta post was great so I thought I’d write this post to share it my moment of genius!

A selection of tools used for linocut/block printing

I’ll keep you posted on the Harbour series…

What process do you love most about your craft? Let me know in the comments!

Elise x

A selection of tools used for linocut/block printing

Block Printing Resources

Here are some of my go to materials I use when making a block print. I tend to make blocks (or little stamps) for cards, wrapping paper and repeat pattern designs. It is a great way to start with lino printing and you can use the block or stamp in so many different ways!

  • Tracing paper – this is transferring your design onto the block as it has to be back-to-front to print the right way around!
  • Pencil
  • Sketch/design
  • Soft cut lino block – The size will depend on the size of your drawing/design
  • Carving tool
  • Scalpel/craft knife
  • Ink roller
  • Ink: my favourite is Caligo Safe Wash ink
  • Inking tray or a piece of sturdy glass.
  • Double sided tape
  • Wooden block the same size/slightly bigger than your design (I just use off-cuts!)
  • Fabric or paper to print onto

Handmade linocut print of Porthleven Harbour in Cornwall and the printing block