My son Rich gave me some super soft lino to try.......Which I did. I cut the piece he gave to me in half, as there was a smooth side and a grainy side to the lino and I wanted to see which of the sides produced the best print. Whilst super soft lino is easy to cut I worried that it would be difficult to get finer details in the lino. Firstly the lino is like cutting through toughened gelatine and the speed at which you can cut a design makes the printing process easier overall. Secondly the grainy side inked up better, and as seen by the blue butterfly a better print. The smooth side although a pleasing design was more difficult to get an even spread of the ink, especially in the orange areas. Thirdly I was able to get a print using a barron as the lino has a spongy feel to it and the pressure of the barron gave up the ink to the paper more easily than hessian backed lino. Overall I think that for small areas, super soft lino is a useful addition to relief printing processes, but I feel would not eliminate the longevity of hessian backed lino for printmaking.
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