Month: April 2018

Caustic Soda

Caustic soda is a powerful chemical that works really well for etching lino. Like many useful substances it also comes with dangers, but if you plan your work space, understand the risks, and use it carefully it will enable you to create beautiful textured lino plates.

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Lino Etching

Being rather impatient I struggle with the length of time it takes to cut detailed lino plates. Lino etching on the other hand, is relatively quick. You discover unpredictable lines and textures that are very exciting. The effect doesn’t resemble traditionally cut lino but you can add cut marks to the etched plates.

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Clear PVC printing plates

I have been experimenting with using flexible clear pvc as a relief printing plate. So far it seems to be a great material that makes all parts of the process from transferring original designs to registering plates much easier. Lino printing is not my main technique so I may have missed something – but I’d say clear pvc printing plates are definitely worth a go if youhave never tried them.

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