A linocut is a form of relief print in which the artist cuts lines and shapes from a sheet of linoleum. Ink rolled onto the block adheres only to the surface, skipping over the areas which have been cut away. To print, the artist places paper over the inked surface and applies pressure by hand or with a printing press, thereby transferring the image to the paper.
Linoleum has no grain, so the artist can easily carve a mark which is fluid and supple.
Compare linocuts to woodcuts.