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My 5 Essential Tools as a Linoprinting Artist

My Charbonnel Aquawash Inks for Linoprinting

Out of all the mediums I've experimented with, linoleum printing stands out as one of my favorites. It's a versatile technique that enables me to create exceptional prints that are truly unique. Over time, I've discovered several linoprinting tools that are vital for producing high-quality prints. In this article, I'll share my top 5 favorite linoprinting tools that every artist should consider having.

Brown Linoleum Plates

Brown linoleum plates are my go-to choice for linoprinting. The ones I love are made from natural materials and are 3.2 mm thick, making them easy to engrave and cut. Their softness allows for easy work with gouges, making them ideal for creating intricate designs.

These blocks are composed of a mixture of clay and linseed oil pressed on burlap, resulting in a material that is easy to work with and yields high-quality prints. I usually purchase mine from Géant des Beaux Arts or Creastore in France.


When it comes to gouges, I prefer the ones from Pfeil. Although they are a little more expensive, their quality is unmatched. These gouges are perfect for carving and cutting linoleum plates, and they come in a variety of shapes and sizes to accommodate different design needs. Their precision and durability make them a worthwhile investment for any artist who is serious about linoprinting.

However, if you are new to Linoprinting, you can also try Flexcut tools, which I like to use as they are good quality yet affordable.

Pfeil Gouges & flexcut tools for linoprinting