Studio blog: Chine colle lino printing

This week I’ve been playing with an old poppy lino print of mine, and creating some new artwork with it.

The original poppy lino print was a three colour reduction lino print, which resulted in five original hand pulled lino prints. That original reduction print can be seen to the right of the text here.

If you would like to read more about the reduction printing process, and buy one of the original prints, then please visit my shop.

All that was left of the original printing block after the reduction process was the area printed in black, but I had specifically designed this printing block so that the final layer could still be used in the future.

That’s where the chine colle process came in. Chine colle is a form of printmaking where you add collage to the printing block before you take a print, resulting in some lovely and unexpected prints. Here’s a very quick video of the process and some of the resulting lino prints.

I created 15 chine colle prints during this week’s printing session and have made them all in to greetings cards. I’ll be sending them out to friends and family over the coming months.

If you would like to have a go at chine colle printmaking, I will be putting on a festive workshop using this printmaking technique later in the year. Please sign up to my newsletter if you would like to be the first to hear about it!

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