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Jigsaw linocut printing workshops 2022

Learning how to make linocut prints with two or more colours using the jigsaw technique.

When I first started making multi-coloured prints I used the jigsaw method. The technique means that the design can be carved and then inked in multiple colours and printed in one go.

To see photos from this summer's follow-on workshops see my Beginners linocut workshops: summer 2022 blog.

Thursday 2 June 2022 - Linocut printing using the jigsaw technique

Today I taught my follow-on linocut workshop, using the jigsaw technique to create multi-colour prints. Christine, Caroline and Becci did my beginners workshop last year. I loved seeing how they'd progressed and created very effective prints.

A design is carved into one piece of lino, then cut into sections which can then be inked in different colours. Synthetic lino such as Softcut lino are ideal for this.

It’s easier if each lino piece can slide together when it's inked up. What I love about this method is that you can make a print with two or more colours in one go, rather than reduction or multi-block techniques, where each colour has to dry before printing the next.

What did you enjoy the most about the day?

“Learning a new technique. Having all the tools to hand and the time to finish a print and ink it all up in a beautiful environment.”
“Learning a new technique. Social aspect. Seeing others' ideas.”

Sunday 7 August 2022 - Linocut printing using the jigsaw technique

Today’s linocut workshop with Jane, Maggie, Christine and Bernadette.

What did you enjoy the most about the day?

"The whole experience has been a delight. Lots of help with design and techniques and all stages of the process."
The challenge, the company, Michelle’s tuition - great, clear and patient. The end product.
Working in a workshop with people of different tastes and learning from their ideas.”

“Challenge of trying a new technique which has built upon the beginners class.”

Thursday 1 September 2022 - Linocut printing using the jigsaw technique

Making multi-colour linocut prints using the jigsaw method. Steve, Jane, Sue and Helen came to my beginner's workshop in April and got on so well that they wanted to come back together. I’m not sure who had the most fun, me or them! So I’m delighted that they’d like to come back and repeat the workshop, to practice and develop the technique further.

What did you enjoy the most about the day?

“The company! The detailed teaching and bespoke help for my project!”
“Everything. Lovely learning environment.”
“The creative process and producing a finished product. The company! Thank you, everyone.”

Thursday 10 November 2022 - Linocut printing using the jigsaw technique

Thursday's lino print workshop with Jane, Sue, Helen and Steve. A brilliant, fun, creative day with lots of banter and laughs along the way. It was the group's 3rd workshop with me and they’re coming back again next year.

What did you enjoy the most about the day?

"Studio chatter, fun day, experimenting with technique."
"The company, comfortable to try and possibly fail but grow! Lots of fun."
"The company, the cake, the chat and the teaching!"
"Peer learning. Exploring mark-making further. Problem-solving to get the best jigsaw outcome."

Would you like to learn how to make a linocut print?

Online courses

Online self-paced learning. Full access for one year, so that you can study at your own pace and at home. Instructional videos and step-by-step guides.

  • Beginners guide to linocut printing

  • How to make a multi-block linocut print

Linocut workshops

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.

  • Introduction to linocut printing workshop

  • Follow on 'jigsaw' linocut printing workshop

See my linocut workshops and online courses page for links to each of my courses and workshops.

Linocut and printmaking tools and materials

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

See step-by-step how I make my linocut prints

See examples of how I make my linocut prints in the Studio Diary section of my blog.

To be first to hear about my latest designs, online courses and workshops please join my mailing list.

Happy linocutting!



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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