a wood engraving
as opposed to a
woodcut, end
grain box wood
The complete 162 page second edition in PDF format is here,

ISBN:  978-0-9960026-6-0
Library of Congress Control Number:  2016900009
multi block for color prints
rotated lino block one of a series
white ink on black paper linocut

My FREE book on lino cuts, wood cuts (bass and poplar, birch,
pine), and wood engravings (and Plexiglass too) for block prints,
discusses how to do certain things and how to fix many screwups,
plus many unique hints. Many examples are shown in this second
edition of the book, which is extremely well illustrated. The
woodcut chapter is quite innovative.
TABLE OF CONTENTS


1.        INTRODUCTION
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
INTRODUCING THE PROCESS
A FIRST SIMPLE USEFUL LINO PROJECT
FAMOUS ARTISTS

2.        LINO CUTS
AN OVERVIEW
A SECOND AND THIRD COMPLETE LINO PROJECT
DESIGN THOUGHTS
LINES: WHITE LINES, BLACK LINES
LINES: TEXTURED OR SOLID LINES
BACKGROUND TEXTURING
SILHOUETTES
DRAWING
DRAWING: CLOUDS, SUN, AND MOON
BORDERS
LETTERS
A MISTAKE OR A FUN IMAGE (HALOS)
DESIGNS CAN BE TOO BUSY
OFFSETS  
MULTI COLOR PRINTS, BLOCKS AND STENCILS
JAPANESE METHODS (PRINTING, REGISTERING)
PROBLEM SOLVING

3.        WOOD CUTS        
PINE AND THE KNIFE AS A PRIMARY TOOL
BIRCH PLYWOOD WITH GOUGES
BASS AND POPLAR PLANK WOOD WITH GOUGES
PROBLEM SOLVING

4.        WOOD ENGRAVING
BOXWOOD AND PLEXIGLASS

5.        TOOLS  
LINO AND WOOD CUT TOOLS
WOOD CUT KNIVES
WOOD ENGRAVING TOOLS
SHARPENING TOOLS
OTHER TOOLS  
MORE ON THE “V” TOOL
MORE ON SHARPENING
SAFETY AND NOTES

6.        MATERIALS
LINOLEUM (LINO) AND WOOD
INK
PAPER

7.        APPENDICES

8.        GALLERY
INDEX

A
Archival quality        5, 72, 80, 90, 109, 112, 128, 134, 137, 149, 151, 152
Arkansas wet stone        98, 99, 102

B
Baren        5, 6, 8, 15, 18, 20, 56, 68, 70, 72, 100
Bass        29, 86, 89, 108
Bench hook        8, 56, 85, 99, 109
Birch        76, 85, 86, 87, 89, 90, 118, 133, 134, 144, 148, 149
Bird        4, 25, 29, 40, 43, 82, 86, 120, 122, 124, 132
Black line        3, 5, 7, 9, 10, 19, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 36, 47, 63, 65, 69, 76, 78, 80,
81, 86, 97, 103, 115, 126, 137
Blemish        39, 66
Bondo        19, 20, 22, 68, 69, 70, 72, 88
Border        3, 4, 7, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26, 29, 35, 39, 46, 56, 57, 69, 70, 72, 78,
82, 83, 88, 89, 122, 134, 137, 142, 150
Box        6, 77, 85, 93, 130, 142
Brayer        5, 6, 8, 15, 18, 62, 87, 99, 109
Busy        40, 43, 44, 72

C
Cleaning        5, 8, 9, 18, 19, 20, 58, 65, 66, 71, 72, 74, 82, 84, 85, 86, 87, 89, 90,
93, 99, 103, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110, 118, 148
Cloud        5, 17, 19, 21, 24, 25, 30, 31, 32, 33, 40, 41, 43, 55, 57, 58, 59, 60, 62,
86, 88, 89, 119, 129, 135, 140
Color        5, 14, 25, 45, 46, 48, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 59, 60, 61, 63, 83,
110, 111, 114, 123, 124, 131

D
Damage        70, 74, 75, 87, 99, 101, 102, 103, 106, 109
Dog        4, 26, 29, 30, 41, 82, 92, 124, 130, 132, 138

E
Edition        3, 5, 9, 20, 45, 66, 67, 126, 127, 128, 130, 137
Extender        59, 110

K
Kento        63
Key Block        10, 12, 14, 45, 48, 50, 52, 55, 57, 58, 59, 61, 62, 63, 76, 77
Knife        7, 9, 14, 39, 46, 57, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 81, 82, 83, 84, 88, 90, 92,
96, 97, 103, 116, 117, 132, 137, 148

L
Letter        7, 36, 37, 38, 42, 71, 134

N
Negative Image        5, 14, 60, 80, 103, 109

O
Offset        14, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 50, 53, 55, 63, 64, 83, 92, 120, 130, 131, 137, 145
Oil        6, 9, 14, 39, 58, 74, 77, 78, 81, 82, 84, 86, 87, 90, 93, 101, 103, 106, 108,
109, 110, 112, 121, 132, 139
Opaque/Transparent        55, 57, 58, 59, 110, 111

P
Pine        74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 81, 82, 83, 85, 89, 90, 92, 122, 132, 137, 138
Poplar        89
Positive Image        5, 60, 80, 103, 109, 132
Printing Press        100
Proof        9, 18, 79

R
Register        14, 51, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 62, 63
Re-inking        47, 58, 64, 66, 72, 111, 126
Retarder        65, 67, 84, 109, 110, 131
Roller        5, 6, 8, 9, 14, 15, 18, 19, 35, 45, 46, 47, 56, 58, 64, 65, 66, 67, 72, 82,
83, 87, 92, 99, 100, 109, 130, 137
Rose        45, 78, 79, 81, 83, 93, 130, 133, 134, 137, 149

S
Safety        7, 15, 68, 70, 95, 98, 103, 114, 119
Sand        2, 20, 27, 68, 70, 87, 92
Scratch        68, 70, 72, 106
Ship        33, 36, 68, 69, 74, 75, 97, 118, 129, 135, 136, 151, 152
Silhouette        3, 11, 25, 26, 107, 130
Speedball        6, 13, 14, 15, 17, 26, 36, 38, 45, 46, 49, 56, 74, 96, 97, 100, 101,
103, 106, 107, 108, 120, 130, 144
Spitsticker        92, 96
Splinters        74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 85, 88, 90, 93, 96, 97, 103, 108
Stencil        3, 26, 55, 57, 58, 59, 60, 62, 140
Stone        2, 27, 42, 90, 98, 99, 101, 102, 116, 117
Strop        5, 72, 74, 77, 78, 84, 98, 99, 102, 103, 116, 117
Sun        4, 7, 9, 10, 21, 24, 31, 33, 34, 40, 43, 83, 84, 114, 120, 124

T
Test        4, 5, 9, 14, 18, 30, 38, 50, 70, 77, 81, 89, 96, 99, 102, 106, 110, 111, 114
Texture        3, 4, 5, 11, 20, 23, 24, 25, 31, 34, 42, 43, 66, 67, 78, 84, 89, 93, 97,
112, 118, 121
Tint tool        92, 96
Tools wood/linocut        13, 38, 49, 73, 74, 84, 85, 89, 97, 98, 101, 102, 103, 108,
115, 117, 134, 144, 148
Transparent/Opaque        107, 110
Tree        16, 17, 19, 21, 40, 41, 55, 59, 60, 61, 82, 86, 90, 108, 114, 132, 134, 139,
152

W
Water        4, 6, 9, 13, 18, 23, 25, 31, 39, 45, 46, 50, 51, 54, 58, 61, 65, 66, 67, 71,
72, 74, 78, 81, 82, 84, 85, 87, 89, 90, 91, 93, 98, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110, 112, 114,
121, 124, 128, 130, 131, 132, 133, 134, 135, 137, 138, 140, 144, 146, 148, 149,
151, 152
White line        3, 4, 5, 7, 9, 14, 19, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 35, 36, 47, 49, 54, 65, 67, 69,
74, 75, 76, 78, 79, 80, 81, 86, 88, 89, 103, 109, 122, 126, 134

X
X-Acto        39, 57, 73, 78, 79, 82, 84, 97, 103, 137
A few examples of various block prints. A
key feature of this book is the many
mistakes and solutions that can happen.
St Paul's shipwreck, above is linocut
white ink on black, below is woodcut.
INDEX OF GALLERY PICTURES

LINO CUTS in the gallery

A CHRISTMAS CARD (HORIZONTAL BACKGROUND) ~ A lino 4 x 5 inch lino
A CHRISTMAS CARD (SLOPED BACKGROUND) ~ A lino 4 x 5 inch block.
A SOMERSET CHURCHYARD  ~ An 8 by 10 inch image.  Edition 1 (has an “I” on a
gravestone)
APPLES ~ A 9 by 12 inch lino cut.
BEAKY AND MIKO ~ A lino cut.
BEES AND HONEY ~ An 8 by 10 inch picture of bees borrowing honey
BEUNO CHURCH, SOMERSET  ~ Edition 3 (no markers on a gravestone), 8 by 10 inch
image.  
BIRD ON A POND ~ A linocut for a card
BIRTH OF A DRAGONFLY ~ An 8 by 10 inch image on lino.
BOUNTY (A Christmas card) ~ A 4 by 6 inch lino cut.
BREAKFAST FLOWERS ~ a three color linocut 5 by 7 inches, Intentionally mottled.
ELEPHANTS NEVER FORGET ~ An 8 by 10 inch picture of elephants.
ELEPHANTS RESTING ~ An 8 by 10 inch picture of elephants.
FLIGHT ~ a 7x7 inch four quadrant print representing AIR
GROWTH ~ a 7x7 inch four quadrant print representing EARTH
FLUTTERBYS ~ A three color block linocut, 4 by 6 inches. Intentionally mottled.
KUMIKO’S SHADOW ~ double silhouette on Speedball Speedy-Cut
LOVE THE OCEAN   ~ small lino sampler                              
NATURE ASCENDING ~ An 8 by 10 inch
NATURE ASCENDING ~ with lino blocks for brown and green, and a stencil for blue clouds
NATURE’S CYCLE ~ An 8 by 10 inch picture of life and season cycles.
PHOENIX ~ a 7x7 inch four quadrant print representing FIRE
PLYING THE COFFEE TRADE    ~   An 8 by 10 inch sailing ship  
PLYING THE COFFEE TRADE ~   An 8 by 10 inch sailing ship
QUIET POND ~ a four color linocut with two colors printed on one block  4 by 6 inches
SAILING THE OCEANS    ~   An 8 by 10 inch sailing ship
SHACKLETON’S FAMED ENDURANCE    ~   An 8 by 10 inch sailing ship
SMALL COASTAL SHIP ~ A 4 by 5 inch lino block.
SOMETHING FISHY HERE    ~ small lino sampler
SPRING IN SOMERSET CHURCH  ~ 8 by 10 inch image  Edition 2 (has an “II” on a
gravestone)
ST PAUL’S MISADVENTURE ~ An 8 by 10 inch linocut picture
SUNDIAL LINO CUT ~ A linocut
WAYFORD  WOODS ~ white ink on black paper ~ An 8 by 10 inch image on lino.
WAYFORD WOODS ~ An 8 by 10 inch image on lino.

WOOD CUTS in the gallery

A KNOTTY ROSE ~ This was birch plywood, 4 x 4.5 inches
A PARROT ~ This is a 4 by 6 inch wood cut, on pine plank.
A ROSE AND CATERPILLAR ~ pine woodcut, 3.5 inches
A ROSE AND CATERPILLAR OFFSET ~ an offset of the “ROSE AND CATERPILLAR”
A WILD ROSE ~ This is a 4 by 6 inch wood cut, on pine plank.
ANY BACON? ~ A woodcut on birch plywood. This is a 4 by 4 1/2 inch print.
BEAKY WANTS A TREAT ~ This parrot is a woodcut on birch plywood, 4 by 4 1/2 inches.
BUTTERCUPS AND CHEESE ~ A 3 1/2 by 4 1/2 inch birch plank
FLAMING ROSE ~ This is a woodcut on birch plywood; this was 4 x 4.5 inches
MIKO’S DILEMMA ~ left over 6 inch wide pine plank, untreated
MILKING TIME ~ This was birch plywood, 4 x 4.5 inches
MILKING TIME AGAIN ~ This was birch plywood, 4 x 4.5 inches
ST PAUL’S SHIPWRECK ~ An 8 by 10 inch woodcut picture, birch plywood,
SUNDIAL WOOD CUT ~ A woodcut on pine plank
THE DOG AND BIRD ~ A 3.5 by 5 inch woodcut on pine

WOOD ENGRAVINGS in the gallery

FIDO ~ A box wood engraving. The dog engraving was 0.9 inches wide.
ROSALIE ~  A box wood engraving. The width of the rose flower was 0.9 inches.
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case study:  "Autumn" a quarter block rotated 4 times
case study:  "
Looking For Treasure" based on grand kids ideas
case study:  "
Quite Pond" picture revisited.
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This used rolled ink for the yellow
(first) and black (last) blocks. The
blue, green, and orange used diluted
ink brushed onto the blocks.