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Linocut is a printmaking technique, in which the surface of a sheet of linoleum (sometimes mounted on a wooden block) is cut into using a with a sharp knife, V-shaped chisel or gouge to produce a design. The linoleum sheet is inked with a roller (called a brayer), and then impressed onto paper or fabric. The raised (uncarved) areas taking the most ink with the deeper carved lines taking less give the linoprint, like a woodprint, depth and intensity where needed.

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Edward Thomas
by Robin Craig Guthrie
after 1917
NPG D7663

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