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Stretching mini linoprints on canvas

Stretching mini linoprints on canvas

Recently I have been printing some of my linocuts on canvas, with the idea of stretching it and varnishing it later so it looks like a small painting.

inking the linocut plate

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Speedball Fabric and Paper Block Printing Ink

Speedball Fabric and Paper Block Printing Ink

Experience the beauty of block printing on fabric with an ink that works just as well on fabric as it does on paper. Speedball Fabric and Paper Block Printing Ink is an oil-based ink that provides bold, opaque color that is permanent yet cleans up easily with soap and water. – Fabric and Paper Block Printing Ink Set

printing on canvas

The design has been printed on canvas.

prints are drying

They will need to dry for a few days

I left some extra space on the canvas, about 4 inches, so I would have enough fabric to stretch around the bars.

The stretcher bars are easy to mount together.

leaving some extra space around the print to stretchenough canvas on the sides to stretch

The corners are a bit tricky to get at first but with a bit of practice, it becomes easier. This is a good tutorial on how to fold corners.  

As you can see, my print was a bit larger than the 8 x 8 inches frame so I painted the sides to clean up.

I am very happy with the result, they look very nice and might appeal to people who like prints but don’t want to have the framing to do.

Have you tried printing on canvas or on bags ? Do you have some tips you would like to share ?

Stretching mini linoprints on canvas
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