Linocut led by Derek Popple
Linocut is a variant of woodblock printing that allows one to make prints without the large equipment needed for other conventional block printing techniques. By carving away at a soft chunk of linoleum, the artist makes a reusable stamp that can be rolled with ink and pressed onto a sheet of paper. Printmaking can supplement one's interest in drawing and art as it allows the production of a large "run" of prints. By making a run of prints, one is able to bring a conceptual drawing or sketch into a tangible form that can be widely circulated with friends, family and the art community at large. Although there is a relatively low barrier to entry for many types of printmaking, adding complexity through the clever use of colors, subject matter and layers means that printmaking is a lifelong endeavor.
I first started printmaking two years ago by enrolling into a screenprinting class here at Cal. After making posters, prints and apparel, I have also started to pursue risograph printing for fine art prints and larger bound works such as zines and photobooks. For me, printmaking is a cathartic pastime that allows self-expression and meditation through a highly tactile and sensory process. My own work focuses on the deconvolution of complex scenes into a simple pallet of constituent colors and the interplay be
Linoleum block (~4x5")
Lino cutters (sharp exacto knife could be used but will be more difficult and less forgiving)
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