One of my challenges in linocut printing is transferring the image as accurately as possible onto Lino Block. After hours of searching, I finally found a very good practice on youtube. In this technique, you can transfer a photocopied image onto linoleum applying “Acrylic polymer gloss varnish”.
First of all, have a black and white photocopy or laser-printed copy of the image ready.
Even your linoleum surface as much as possible using sandpaper.
Apply a layer of acrylic gel medium with a brush or a roller on Lino Block. Make sure the whole area is covered.
Place the printed side of your paper on top of the gel (face-down).
Use your hand to press it a little bit first and then use a flat wooden tool or a bone folder to burnish it.
Let it dry out.
Apply water to dam the paper.
Gently rub the paper by a brush or your finger. Be careful not to disturb the transferred image by too much rubbing.
Rub until you can see the image clearly.
It is ready to be carving with tools.
This is my finished linocut matrix.
I started to make a proofing.
This is my first proofing