Printmaking and Linocut Print Books

Updated: Feb 24, 2020

These are a selection of my favourite printmaking books and magazines.

How to make a linocut print books

Linocut for Artists and Designers

by Nick Morely

Published by The Crowood Press

Nick Morely's book Linocut for Artists and Designers is perfect as a beginners guide to linocut print. I've also found it extremely useful to re-read and use as reference as my work has developed over the years.

Jackson's Art blog - Linocut for Artists and Designers gives a good insight into the book. It also shows example pages from the book too.

Making an Impression - Designing and creating artful stamps

by Gennie D Zlatkis

Published by Lark

Making an Impression is about stamping onto home accessories and cards. It has step by step instructions for stamping onto different materials, such as paper, fabric and terracotta. Hand carved stamps are made using easy carve lino or erasers. The book has 20 craft projects you can try at home.

Fresh Prints - 25 easy and enticing print projects to make at home

by Christine Leech

Published by Quadrille

Fresh Prints is a stamping based book with craft project ideas for home accessories, clothing and accessories.

Linocut print books for inspiration

Angie Lewin - Plants and Places

Published by Merrill

Angie Lewin - Plants and Places features of Angie Lewin's stunning linocut and wood block print inspired by nature. She's one of my favourite printmakers and one of the people that inspired me to take up printmaking.

British Prints from the Machine Age - Rhythms of Modern Life 1914- 1939

Published by Thames and Hudson

British Prints from the Machine Age documents the history of this era of this style of printmaking from the First World War to the outbreak of the Second World War. It features linocuts, woodcuts, etching and lithographs from artists such as Sybil Andrews, Claude Flight and Cyrill E. Power. I've always loved this era of art and printmaking.

The Life and Art of Clifford Webb

by Simon Brett

Published by Little Toller

The Life and Art of Clifford Webb is full of his life's work as a printmaker. It includes linocut and woodblock print.

Anita Klein linocuts

Published by The Fine Art Partnership

I love Anita Klein's style of linocut prints. This is a catalogue from one of her exhibitions.

Printmaking magazines

Pressing Matters - Celebrating modern Printmaking

Pressing Matters magazine is an inspiring magazine that celebrates modern printmaking from around the world.

The Best Art Podcasts to Listen to

Ask an Artist - Run by Artists, for Artists

I wish this Ask an Artist podcast had been available when I changed direction to become an artist.

Laura Boswell was (& still is) an artist I greatly admire, not only for her art but her approach to making a living as an artist.‬ Laura is a professional printmaker specialising in linocut and traditional Japanese woodblock. She’s joined by Peter Keegan, a painter specialising in portraiture. Peter is also the director of The Courtyard Art Studio.

The weekly podcast gives insights into every aspect of making a living as an artist.

I’m still learning, so I can see it will be invaluable.

Have a listen. 😊🎨

I'll add to this list when I discover new books and resources.


You may also find this blog useful:

Linocut and printmaking equipment

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

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.

Find out more about my workshops and next dates here.

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.

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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