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Meet an Artist Exploring the Magical World of Linocut Printmaking

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. The linocut process first came about in the 20th century.

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