HOW TO MAKE A lego print
Hi! I’m Dave from Sombrero Print making
I’ve been asked to do a tutorial so you can learn how to make your own Lego prints.
There’s less materials used to make a print like this, when compared to doing a traditional lino print. I think the Lego prints are great fun and I’m totally addicted to doing them.
STEP 1 – Building your design
For this example, I’ve used an 8X8 Lego plate. Using flat topped pieces of Lego, build up your image. It doesn’t matter if you use different coloured Lego pieces as you’re going to cover them in ink.
Top tip – Don’t forget, as with most printing techniques your design will print backwards, this is especially important if you are making designs that include letters or numbers.
STEP 2 – Inking up the Lego base plate
I’m using Essdee water – based inks. They are quick drying and very easy to clean up after. For some techniques, I use oil based inks which can be harder to clean up and usually take longer to dry.
Squeeze out some ink into a tray and use your roller to spread the ink out. You want a nice even coat of ink on your roller, not too much otherwise it’ll just get too messy.
Next, roll the ink into your Lego design, you may need to do this a few times to get a nice even layer of ink.
STEP 3 – Time to print
Place your inked lego base plate onto a clean, flat surface and place paper or light card on top. Using one hand to keep it in place, use your other hand to press the paper or card down using either a baren or a spoon. It’s worth experimenting to see what you find easier to use.
When you feel like you’ve pressed the paper or card enough, lift it up to reveal your finished print !
- Add more ink to your roller each time you ink up the lego base plate. If you don’t have enough fresh ink on there, it may come out very faint.
- Don’t be afraid to mix colours. I like to layer up my prints sometimes. It can make them look more 3D as more colours and layers are added.
- When you’ve printed enough of your design, wash the lego base plate and then you can take the lego pieces off and start a new design (usually hot water and a squirt of washing up liquid does the trick)
- I have found lots of lego flat pieces (tiles) using the online shop “fitbricks”. They have a huge range – I mainly pick up second hand pieces which are always in very good condition.
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