What tools and equipment do you need to make a linocut print?

Updated: Feb 8

When I run my linocut workshops I often get asked where I buy my printmaking supplies from. Below are details of the tools I use on my beginners linocut workshops and as professional artist. Links to suppliers are at the bottom of the page.


I mainly cycle over to Hawthorn Printmaking supplies in Murton, just outside York. They're a lovely family run company and are always extremely helpful with advice. They make their own presses and Barry, an ex chemist, makes all their inks. I love learning about how things are made, so it's never a quick visit once we get chatting.



10 essential tools for linocut printing for beginners

A starter kit of linocut materials and tools for beginners
A starter kit of linocut materials and tools for beginners

Everything you need to start making your very own hand-carved and hand printed lino prints.


A starter kit of linocut materials and tools for beginners:


  1. Linocut tools: A good beginner set is the Essdee lino cutters and handle set with 5 lino cutters.

  2. Softcut lino: Essdee Softcut lino comes in various pack sizes

  3. Glass slab: I use glass kitchen workshop savers

  4. Ink roller or brayer: These Essdee rollers or similar.

  5. Printing ink: If you are making linocut prints at home I recommend using inks such as Speedball block printing inks

  6. Smooth cartridge paper