Texture prints framed on green wall

Printing Surfaces - Unexpected delights

Combining lino block and texture prints. A simple and fun project to provide images you couldn't predict.
Print + Found Objects + Collage = Divine Reading Printing Surfaces - Unexpected delights 4 minutes Next Fun With Lino Block

Two prints in one!

Textures + Lino  Block prints for a collection of surprise reveals

This simple project will give you images you could not predict. Combining lino block prints with surfaces takes printmaking to a new level.

Tri-Art's Impression Printing Ink is easy to work with. The colours are strong, the tack allows for details of the surfaces to be delineated and it's a breeze to clean up.

Materials: Impression Inks: Black, Titanium White and Phthalo Blue, printing brayer/roller, test papers, inking plate, palette knife, Japanese papers, textured surfaces.

Experiment with different types and colours of papers. For these prints natural Japanese papers are used for their flexibility, absorbency, and ability to pick up details. These prints will be used to create Chine Colle prints. 

Surfaces: Experiment with different surfaces. Use surfaces that have varied profile textures such as weathered wood. Surfaces with a pattern of both positive and negative areas are always fun and easy to work with.

end of log with lots of texture
W​​eathered wood offers lots of fine texture lines
Metal grate with holes
Using orderly patterns adds structure to your​​ compositions


Mix your custom colour ink

Mix on the inking surface or pre mix for a larger volume in a container.  Once mixed let the ink rest for 10-15 minutes for the tack to build.

GOOD TO KNOW: Start with a light coloured layer and build with darker printed layers of colour.

 When mixing, start with the light colour and mix in the darker colours to modify. It is easier to darken a colour than to lighten.

Avoid mixing with a brush. The ink will get embedded into the hair of the brush and will be hard to get out. A palette knife is the best tool to mix your ink colours. 

Mix your custom colour ink. Mix on the inking surface (plate) or pre mix for a larger volume in a container. Mix ink colours the same as you would acrylic colours. Use a palette knife to ensure the colours are thoroughly mixed.​​


Inking up 

Layout the ink in a line across the top of the rolling surface. Use the roller to move the ink across the surface. 

Make sure the ink is not too thick or it will slide and fill in the details of the textured surface . When the consistency is right "the ink will talk to you." it will have tacking sound when in contact with the roller and will resemble a suede finish on the surface. 


Test the amount of ink by rolling onto a test paper. This will let you know if you have too much or too little ink on the roller. If it is too much keep rolling onto the test paper.

blue on roller with paper on barn board surface
Capturing the texture details

Place the paper over the textured surface. 

Run the inked brayer over the surface. It will stick to the raised areas of the textured surface beneath. Try to avoid re-rolling over the surface, this will over ink the surface details.

Expect the unexpected!

Part B - Combining the lino block prints and the texture prints

Refer to the Lino Block Blog for step by step instructions for creating a lino block print.

How to: 

Ink up the lino block and place on top of the printed texture. Add pressure to the entire surface with a roller or by using your hands. Flip over and pull the paper gently from the plate.
Adding a lino print on top of the surface prints adds depth and points of interest to the prints. 

Try a number of surfaces, papers and combinations of the two printing methods. Make a collection that have a common palette of colours, surface textures or lino cut subjects. Frame your collection. 

Avoid tearing the paper by pulling the paper away from the plate. Pulling the paper at an angle helps for a clean lift.​​

Make a collection and frame the prints for a dramatic effect. Share your prints on social media @triart.mfg

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