The linocutis an art which, like painting or drawing, takes another dimension according to the support used. Choosing carefully the type of paper that will suit the linocut you want to make is essential. It will be very interesting to remain open-minded and to test a very large panel of supports whether they are papers or textiles.
In addition to the final appearance that will result, you will find that depending on the type of paper used the printing will be easier or conversely become more complex. Some very smooth papers will not allow the ink to dry quickly. Other thicker papers will use more ink and will not offer the best rendering.
So again, I recommend testing a whole bunch of different papers to find the one that will work for you.
I particularly enjoy working on Japanese washi paper or Wenzhou paper. These papers, like many Japanese washi papers, are made from mulberry bark. These natural-looking papers are perfect for printing without a press since you only need to use a baren to get a quality print. Washi and wenzhou paper are very thin but at the same time very strong, so you can work with them without fear of tearing them, for example. You'll notice that details appear much more delicate on this type of paper than on thicker papers.
Creation of handmade paper for linocuts
When I create handmade linocutsI want each product to be unique. That's why I have also developed my paper workshop. This way, I control the production line from A to Z. I have refined my technique through tests and time to obtain the weight and type of paper that suits me. I like to be able to create the tools I need for my creations. That's why I created among others my own printing press but also my own paper press.
Smooth paper for linocuts
For those who don't want handmade paper but really a paper with a nice smooth look, I use paper from Clairefontaine. I appreciate this brand on the one hand for the quality of their paper but also for the commitment they show for the respect of the environment which is part of their production policy.
This is clearly a very important point for me and the actions they take, whether in water, energy or forest management, have earned them certifications of excellence.
I use DCP 250 g/m² paper which is perfectly suitable for linocuts. Moreover, although very smooth, it allows a very fast drying of inks which is also an excellent point.
Feel free to give me your opinion on the papers you like to use and if you prefer handmade papers or smooth papers in the comments.