Engravings and linocuts

engraving tools mirka hokkanen The wood engraving technique was invented at the end of the 18th century. The tools I use today are the same as they originally used – a sharp engravers burin and an end grain piece of wood.  The blocks are hand inked and printed on paper at my studio Pica Doodle Press.

Linocuts are created with gouges on sheets of artist grade linoleum.  To print an image, you set it up on the press, roll it up with ink, place paper on top and roll it through. For each separate print- repeat. On the left is the press that I use to print most of the large linocuts in this gallery.

Every color printed needs a different block to print it from. In it’s simplest form, linocuts are like large, detailed handmade stamps.