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Follow on Linocut Printing Workshops - February 2020

This month I’m teaching 6 linocut workshops.

In this blog I’ll share with you my follow-on workshop, jigsaw linocut print. The linocut process enables everyone to make a 2 to 3 colour lino print in one day. That’s with oil based inks too!

The jigsaw linocut method involves carving the design from one lino block. It is then cut up into sections for inking in different colours. The Lino pieces are brought together to complete the design. The paper is then placed on top and rubbed with a wooden spoon to transfer the design to the paper.

The method means that the design can be printed in one go. This is quicker than reduction linocut print or multi block linocut print as you don’t need to wait for each colour to dry before printing the next.

It can also be used simply as a way of grouping several design elements and printing them in one go.

Sunday 2 Feb 2020

A brilliant day playing with multi coloured linocut prints on my follow on workshop. I’ll share more about the ‘jigsaw’ linocut printing technique in my blog next week. Peri, Susan, Alison and Carol had previously been in my intro workshop. Fantastic results and such enthusiasm. My cheeks hurt from smiling!

What did you enjoy the most about the day?

“Everything!!! Wonderful day learning this lovely technique. As always, Michelle was so patient and helpful. (And the cake!!!).”
“Lots of one-on-one help and a friendly atmosphere. Autonomy to create the exact design we wanted.”
“Again, what a relaxing day with a good result. Very pleased to complete the project successfully. Thank you.“
“Process worked really well and everyone finished with a print they’re really happy with. Good information beforehand helped us prepare.”

Sunday 9 Feb 2020

Dorothy, Nicky, Jen and Alison to joined me for an inky playful day. What better way to spend a when Storm Clara is blowing a hooley outside!

We used 7 colours of ink as some of the designs benefited from having tones of one colour.

“Learning new skills, lovely relaxed atmosphere, ability to work at own pace and use own ideas. Thank you!”

“The relaxed atmosphere. The feeling of having learned something new and being able to take something home to put on the wall!”

“Putting the pieces together and using different colours.”

“Learning a new skill, as usual learned a lot and enjoyed producing several prints. Good company and lovely cake!”

Linocut workshops and courses

My linocut workshops are all held in my York print studio. I teach in small groups of no more than four people, so that everyone gets lots of one to one tuition.

Looking for a private workshop experience for you and your friends?

If you'd like to book a creative day for a special occasion for 4 people get in touch.

Linocut and printmaking equipment

Find out more about the tools and equipment needed to create linocut prints in my 'lino cutting equipment' blog.



About the author

Michelle Hughes is a North Yorkshire landscape artist. Much of her work depicts the Yorkshire landscape and Yorkshire coast, including the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors.

Michelle loves exploring the British countryside by bike or on foot, camera in hand, capturing ideas for her next prints. Back in her garden studio, Michelle creates simple but stylised silhouettes based on her photographs, and hand carves these shapes into lino. She hand prints with an etching press, using oil-based inks to create tonal blocks of colour.

Michelle’s original linocut prints are limited editions.

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