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  • freshdailycoHey man I love your work. I have been experimenting with linoblocking and Im having trouble getting clean transfers. Any advice would be appreciated.
  • thanks dude. I wish I had an easy answer for you… the best two things I can suggest are:

    •  get your drawing to as high of a contrast as you can then print it on a laser printer/xerox
    • put the xerox on your block and use an iron on its lowest setting to heat the paper. The iron will heat up the toner and stick it to the block.
    • After it is sticking pretty well you’re going to want to use acetone, I use nail polish remover, and apply it in small parts with a rag, then burnish that part. You can also use wintergreen oil instead of acetone.
    • Repeat this process until you have covered the whole drawing. 
    • Tips that I have for this process are use patience, it is going to take a long time to make a nice transfer, do this in a well ventilated area or wear a mask, wear gloves - acetone is nasty, and don’t expect a perfect transfer. 

    OR

    • Cover your block in Matte Medium. 
    • Apply your xerox/laser print of the image and burnish that onto the block. 
    • Use a damp rag and slowly start rubbing the paper. This will remove the paper and leave the xerox on the block. 
    • Again, use patience and don’t apply too much pressure. 

    My nicest transfers have come from drawing on transparency or film and then screen printing my image onto the block but if you don’t have that equipment then use one of these processes. Try each one and let me know how they go. 

    Best, 

    Kyle Bryant 

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