On 24th March I ran my ‘Introduction to linocut printing’ workshop in my York studio.
Liz, Natasha, Nicky and Jen spent the day in my studio learning how to create a unique linocut print. They learnt about the tools and materials needed, how to plan a design, cut the lino and print their design by hand.
In the morning they carved and printed a test print, so that they could experiment and learn about the different techniques.
With my guidance, they then planned their design, transferring this onto the lino block and then carved and printed their design.
They all brought ideas with them on the day and I helped them translate them into linocut designs. They chose the colours they wanted to use and Nicky hand coloured elements in her prints to add a pop of colour.
Below, everyone is hand burnishing their prints with a wooden spoon. It's a method I use for teaching as it's something hat can easily be done at home without any fancy equipment.
With some bits of extra time, Jen and Liz also created a design for greeting cards.
I loved seeing how everyone’s ideas evolved and the colours chosen to print. The day was a great success.
Here’s what they said....
What did you enjoy the most about the day?
“Learning about the different techniques, seeing the ideas people have for their designs and the different way they put them into practice.
“It was a lovely laid back environment and a beautiful inspirational place too.“
“Learning the whole process and coming away with a finished product.”
“Working with a small group was great.”