A couple of months ago I did a blog talking about Up-cycling with Linoleum printing- I thought it would be fun to show you how to advance on those techniques and do an easy multi-colored printing technique. Click on the link above for basic linoleum carving and printing techniques because I'm going to dive right in!
I started off by cutting out three blocks of the same size from soft cut lino. I designed a background which reminds me of grasses, and a basic body shape, and then details for on the body. One way to make sure your blocks align is to carve out, for example, the basic body shape first, print and photocopy it, and then iron it onto the next block so you see where the outlines are. Remember that your blocks will print in reverse! That ends up working out if you use the method for transfer that I describe, but if you use another method you need to take that into consideration.
Anyway, here is a photo of my three blocks that I printed in black on plain paper.
I mixed a bit of olive green and white Opaque Fabric Paint and rolled it onto my block and printed onto some different fabrics.
I could have cleaned up the lines in the background a bit more before printing but I really like the effect.
After these had dried, I rolled up a blend of navy blue and black onto my third block and printed that on top.
See you next time!