Crafts

Make your own linocut wrapping paper

5 April, 2017

Make your own linocut wrapping paper step by step.

* You can buy a linocut starter kit online or at some local arts and crafts shops.

  1. To start, it’s a good idea to choose an easy two tone design. Even more so with black and white figures like an orca (killer whale). If you’re not confident copying, print something and trace it over the linoleum with a pencil.
  2. Use your cutting tool to carve the outline of your figure with firm pressure. Then carve the ‘negative spaces’, which will appear white or unpainted, and the ones you don’t cut will be the black or colored areas.
  3. With the thinner cutting tool, you can mark the little lines that separate or outline other parts of the design (as I did for the flippers).
  4. Cut off the edges and pour ink onto your linocut. Then spread with roller.
  5. Place it upside-down on the wrapping paper and press it firmly  to get the whole figure on the surface.
  6. Make a pattern, anything you like. And put a spare piece of paper underneath yours to get the print on the edges.
  7. Let dry for while (at least 4 hours).

Wrap your gift!

*Try to get some figures on the top center.

I used a hand dyed silk ribbon by The Poetry of Silk https://www.thepoetryofsilk.com/

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