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 Posted: Thu Dec 16th, 2010 05:33 pm
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Is it possible that the fine lines were scratched into the lino before inking the plate with a pad, and pushing the ink into the lines - as if it were an etching? I've been pretty experimental in my day, but never  tried this, although it might be possible. The lino could then be cleaned carefully, leaving the ink in the scratches before printing on an etching press or using the hand pressing method with the back of a spoon or a wooden tool. The lines are very scratchy looking.

I'm not sure why anyone would want to make an intaglio print with lino, unless they didn't want to work with acid, or couldn't obtain the metal plates or other materials for etching. I'd also expect to see a slight tone on the image, unless they were 100% efficient at cleaning the flat areas of the lino before printing.

Or perhaps they simply drew on the lino with printing ink and made a single contact print before the ink dried (no cuts). I've done that on a sheet of plastic with quite interesting results. The close-ups posted don't look like that though, as there's no 'squashing' effect of the lines.

Just a couple of ideas.

Bamber Gascoigne has written a brilliant book called How to Identify Prints - a veritable bible for print collectors.

But perhaps it's called the Linol Tarot for a completely unrelated reason. 


Last edited on Thu Dec 16th, 2010 05:35 pm by goldenweb

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