‘Linocut’ is a printmaking technique, a variant of woodcut in which a sheet of linoleum, sometimes mounted on a wooden block, is used for the relief surface. A design is cut into the linoleum surface with a lino cutting tool -a sharp knife, or a V-shaped chisel, with the raised (uncarved) areas representing a reversal (mirror image) of the parts to show printed. The linoleum sheet is inked with a roller, or is dabbed in the ink/color, and then impressed onto paper or fabric.**
okay, here’s the deal: You get this ‘linoleum board’ (often referred to as ‘lino sheet’) in craft stores. Its got this soapy material that can be scrapped by the help of basic lino cutting tools. Its a fast way to make stamps ;)
Make ur chosen art work (design) onto the lino sheet directly by a pencil. (Just remember to make it laterally inverted* because it is to be stamped onto a fabric/paper, which will invert it straight again then)
Chisel the desired part of the art work out. Note: The part that is left is the part that gets printed. So you have a choice of printing the negative space or the positive space.
Dab it over ink/colour (any dye sloution/pigment or basic fabric paint mixed with binder if necessary) or use a roller. Press it over the fabric/paper. Carefully remove. Leave to dry. Dont mess it up with ur clothes! :D
If its fabric paint you’ve used, iron it from the opposite side of the fabric to make it permanent.
Have fun :)
*Left becomes right, Right becomes left; Flipped from Vertical axis. See 1st pic for reference.
**Reference: Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linocut)