DIY : Lino print cat
At the Blue Snail Garden, we like to keep ourselves creative and try new things. Recently we have tried out lino cutting and printing. It's a fantastic technique to make cute simple designs that you can then stamp on to a card, a tote bag, a blank canvas, a t-shirt etc. The possibilities are endless! In this DIY tutorial, you will find all the steps to make a cute and easy cat design.
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What you need to get started 

- A square of linoleum (the lighter the colour, the easier you will be able to see your drawn design)
- Block printing ink 
- Lino cutting tools 
- Rollers (one for covering the stamp in ink and one for pressing the stamp on to the paper)
- Paper 
- A pen or a pencil 
- Scissors
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Step 1. Draw the cat on to the linoleum piece 

Roughly outline a square frame and sketch your cat on to the frame using a pen or a pencil. No need to worry about making it too neat, a little wonkiness will add character! You can also colour in the sections that will be carved out, this will make it easier to know where to cut. 
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Step 2. Time to cut! 

Using a small cutting nib, carve the outline of the cat and the small details such as the whiskers, eyes, heart, nose and mouth. Using a bigger cutting nib, you can now carve in stripes to add a background to this little guy. You can also cut around the frame. It's important to not apply too much force to the cutting nib while cutting as this could break it or make a hole in the linoleum. 
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Step 3. Time to print! 

You can now cut out your stamp using scissors. Once this is done, place a small amount of block printing ink on to a flat surface, here we are using a small glass board. If you are starting out, we recommend using a water washable ink as it will be easy to remove in case things get messy! Place your stamp on to a piece of paper to protect the surface underneath. Roll a small roller into the ink, spreading it out to make sure that it's not too thick but does cover the roller. Gently roll the roller across the stamp - you might have to do this a few times to make sure it's completely covered. You can now carefully place the sheet of paper over the stamp and using a clean roller, press the paper into the stamp to transfer the design. 
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Gently pull the paper away from the stamp and voila! 

August 25, 2021 — Manon Lefler