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Learning Linocut: A Comprehensive Guide to the Art of Relief Printing Through Linocut Paperback – May 12, 2011

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  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: New Generation Publishing (May 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755213300
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755213306
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #258,295 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I ordered this book when I decided that I needed to learn how to make linocuts, and while it has some good basic information, it was pretty disappointing. There is a long unnecessary section about "creativity" and how to improve your drawing skills by doing things like going to life-drawing classes (do we really need to be told this in an instruction book on linocut?) and create images by doing things like making idea webs and collage boards, and other things like that that seem really unnecessary, and I thought took space away from stuff about PRINTMAKING.

The print-making instruction itself was also pretty brief, to the point sometimes (as in the case of sharpening your tools) of being completely useless.

I did learn a method of registration for multiple color blocks, so that's a plus.

Also, while there were some good examples of linocuts from artists other than the author, they were all reproduced really small, so they were hard to really see and study. I would have liked a whole lot more of those (and bigger).

If you want an excellent book on linocut, get George Walker's The Woodcut Artist's Handbook. It applies to any relief printing (including linocut), and is much more in depth. It also has a lot more reproductions of other artists to study.
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This book is the perfect! Instructions are clear, giving you step-by-step guidance without ever once appearing too "beginner" or elementary. Artwork in the book is inspiring and quite frankly, I can't wait to get my hands on some linocutting tools (ordered the same time as the book but from another site)! I especially appreciated the clear photos on registration. Oh, and all the pages are in color which is something I think is sometimes overlooked in many art "how-to" books. Many thanks to the author, just what I was looking for...
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I took a challenge to work in a medium I wasn't familiar with (long story); I choose linocut, and soon frustrated myself to the point of tossing my tools and blocks! This book saved me, my fingers, and my work - it's a terrific guide, leading you through all of the basics (for those like me who never even tried linocut), and providing excellent instruction throughout the learning process. Comprehensive says it all! The author presents something of interest for the artist at any level. I do not believe that I could ever need another book on linocut, regardless of my increasing skill level - it's that complete. Inspiring and informative, I have rarely had an instructional guide of this quality.
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A good book for beginners, but also includes plenty of interest for a more confident printmaker who really wants to explore the artistic side of printmaking. I especially liked the sections on inspirations for printmaking and the four extensive practice exercises that covered a range of techniques. The book includes instructions for different ways to make multi-color prints, including the use of stencils and chine colle. Sample prints are from many different printmakers, which helps you to see that all linocuts do not have to look alike. The introduction needs a good editor, but the content of the book is well worth it. I continue to refer back to the book after my first read.
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Wonderful illustrations...clear instructions...one of the best books on linocut that I have found...superb for beginners (no over the top/hard to understand lingo or processes.) Now if I only had time to do it! :)
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A very good simple, yet well stated approach to Linocut. Susan Yeates explains each step in making a block, inking it and printing it very clearly and utilizes 32 plates of her own designs to illustrate the particular step(s) and those of others to illustrate the what can be achieved through this medium. Importantly, she provides, in the appendix, a listing of websites of printmaking studios (all based in the UK), suppliers, books and of some of the artists whose prints are used in the book.
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I am new-ish to relief printing (and to practice any form of art, for that matter) and this has been the most helpful book that I have read, and I have read a good many these past months. In its merely 103 pages I have found in this book the most important information that one needs to start printing and information you didn't know you needed until you started printing (e.g. how do I clean my plate after using oil-based ink?; tips on creating a registration board so all your prints are straight in your page, etc). This is a very practical book and the author doesn't waste your time with superfluous or tangential information. There are step by step instructions that are really clear and the pictures are big enough to see the details of the print. These pictures have been really useful both to clarify a process in the author's step by step descriptions, as well as for inspiration. The chapters on how to prepare your table, your materials, and the one about what happens once the printing is done (how to edit, how to clean different materials, how to better store your blocks, etc.), are really useful. Maybe for people who already own a studio and/or that has painted or sculpted or been an artist in any other shape, this is old news, but for someone that is just starting: this is gold.
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