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Meet an Artist Exploring the Magical World of Linocut Printmaking

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woodcuts. By placing it in the sun or heating it before use, the material becomes even softer and more pliable for cutting. Since it’s so user-friendly, it’s suitable for detailed prints of all sizes.

ADVERTISEMENTA British rubber manufacturer, Fredrick Walton, first invented linoleum in 1860. He wanted a cheaper product for his business and found that oxidized linseed oil provided the answer.

When you heat up linseed oil, it thickens and becomes rubbery. Next, it’s pressed onto a mesh of coarse threads to help hold it together in layers of sheets.When artists heard of the linoleum invention, they also found it provided a cheap, easy canvas for printing.

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