Boxes covered with lino printing on imitation rice paper
How to do it
Print out the design. Shade the back of the design with an oil pastel.
Attach the design onto the lino block using masking tape. Transfer the design onto the lino block by tracing the design with a blunt pencil whilst pressing firmly.
Trace the design with a permanent marker. Avoid smudging the oil pastel on the back by turning the lino block when working from the edge.
Please note that in this case you cut away the design. Begin with a small lino cutter blade. Insert the blade into the wooden handle from the top and cut all the fine details. Begin by cutting along the line of the design and then cut away the rest. Cut away from yourself and preferably along the design.
Change the lino cutter blade and explore the different widths of the cutter blades. Change the cutter blade by pushing it out of the handle with the supplied wooden stick.
Mix the block printing inks. Make the green colour by mixing 1 part green, 1 part blue and 4 parts white.
Mix the colours well.
Mix 1 part white and one part black to make grey.
Mix the colours well.
Mix 5 parts white, 1 part red and a drop of black to make a rose colour.
Mix the colours well. Please note that each of the 3 mixed colours are enough for printing two sheets of paper.
Roll out the block printing ink onto an inking tray. Roll the lino roller back and forth until the block printing ink is evenly distributed on the lino roller. Avoid too much paint on the lino roller to prevent the ink getting into the cut-away designs. Now roll the lino roller back and forth and across until the block printing ink has covered the entire lino block in an even layer.
Carefully place the paper on top of the carved lino block design. Attach the paper with masking tape to ensure it stays in place. A tip: Wipe the paper with a hard wrung-out cloth prior to printing if you are using watercolour paper.
Use a clean lino roller. Press hard and roll back and forth on the paper and in different directions.
Carefully remove the printed piece of paper.
Here is the finished print. Wash the lino block and the lino roller in lukewarm water using a soft brush.
Paint the box lid with white block printing ink to prevent the brown colour of the box from showing through.
Cut the printed paper to fit the lid. Remember to cut it large enough for the paper to fold underneath the lid. Apply decoupage lacquer to the lid and the edges.
Place the box lid with the underside facing up and place the lid onto the printed paper. Fold the edges of the paper inside the box lid.
Please note that the ink may smudge a tiny bit when it gets moist due to the decoupage lacquer. Therefore, place a piece of paper on top of the box lid and lightly dab the printed paper onto the box lid using a slightly scrunched-up piece of paper towel.
Remove the piece of paper from the box lid and leave the lid to dry.
Paint the base of the box in the same colour as the one used for printing the lid.
Here are boxes with prints, painted in mixed colours. For the black box we have used a plain black for the base and a mixed grey for the printed lid.
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