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Making Newlands Valley - 3-colour multi-block linocut print

I use the multi-block method to create my multi-coloured linocut prints. Below I've outlined each of the stages used to make Newlands Valley, a print inspired by my walking holiday to Derwentwater in the Lake District.

See how it's made

This short video shows how I carved and printed this Newlands Valley linocut print.


This linocut print was inspired by a day walking from Little Town, along the Newlands Valley and up to Dale Head. See more photos in my Keswick and Newland Valley blog.

Planning and carving

I carved three lino blocks, one for each colour to be printed. I kept my options open and test printed my design before deciding to carve away other areas of the lino blocks.


First I test printed the design to check if the colours worked and each lino block lined up correctly. I then mixed each colour in Hawthorn's oil-based inks. Each colour is then hand-printed using an etching press, leaving 2-3 days drying time between colours.

Newlands Valley hand-printed linocut prints £95 each

A 3-colour multi-block print hand-printed using oil-based inks.

Signed and mounted limited edition print.

Image size 16 x 16cm. Mount 30.5 x 30.5cm (12x12").

Would you like to learn how to make a linocut print using this multi-block technique?

How to make a multi-block linocut print

Learn how to make a two and three-colour linocut print at home, using the multi-block technique.

  • Online self-paced learning.

  • Full access for one year, so that you can study at your own pace and home.

  • Instructional videos and step-by-step guides.

If you're a complete beginner, see my Beginners Guide to Linocut Printing online course or my Introduction to Linocut Printing workshop.

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

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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 linocut 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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