Lino Printed Textures

I love the unpredictability of printmaking using lino sheets. Simple variations in ink density, applied pressure, and paper texture provide a wonderful variety of results. This is a small sample of the many sheets I printed to produce some versatile faux-printed textures. These can be purchased on Adobe Stock.

Photo of printed lino sheets

After scanning the printed sheets, I did minimal retouching to preserve the authentic ‘physical’ texture. Finally, I converted the scanned images to a series of forty-eight black and white vector files.

The textures range from dark and intense to light and subtle and are printed on a mixture of bristol board, cartridge and watercolour papers. The following thumbnails demonstrate the full range.

The following images show close-up details of a selection of the textures.

These lino printed texture files have a variety of potential creative uses. They are a perfect way to quickly create faux-printed effects in your illustrations or graphic designs.

They are also great for creating grungy distressed effects in your graphics or photographs.

The textures also make great abstract backgrounds.

Easily bring organic, physical textures into your digital work while saving yourself the time, mess and inconvenience of printmaking. Open an array of creative possibilities with these print-themed vector textures.

Tasty Textures

As part of my stock selling mission I’ve decided to include textures in my portfolio. I have a long habit of scanning anything I think might make an interesting texture and then tinkering with it in Photoshop. This week I have mostly been making two-toned lino textures.

These are for sale on Shutterstock and the red one has already had some downloads which is an exciting start. More textures to come soon…

Coloured lino print background textures
Coloured Lino Print Background Textures

Inverted

Here’s an inverted version of the lino textured concentric circle pattern.

Lino rings turquoise inverted
Lino rings turquoise inverted

It’s my definition of inverted because the white on blue version came first but it could be¬†argued that this is the positive version really.

I love the scanned lino print texture. I printed multiple versions of an uncut A4 lino sheet to get an authentic and convincing effect.

Fabric Design – Lino Rings

I’ve had a blogging hiatus but definitely not a creative one. The last few months I’ve been mainly focusing on pattern designs. I’ve opened a shop on Spoonflower with my first ten uploaded designs at https://www.spoonflower.com/profiles/quirkymundo

Lino textured concentric circle pattern design in blue and white
Lino Textured Concentric Circle Pattern Design in Blue and White

It’s what happens when you cross a vector pattern with a scanned lino print texture and a nice blue colour.

Lino circles pattern design elements
Lino circles pattern design elements