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Beginners lino printing

Beginner's linocut workshop at Slamseys

About the Course

In this two day workshop, you will learn how to design images for lino printing, experiment with mark making and complete a two colour reduction linocut print.

Course content
Day One is spent exploring the basics of lino printing. By the end of the session you will have used a range of lino cutting tools and have an understanding of how to use marks and line in printing. You will print your designs using the relief printing presses as well as hand burnishing, so that you can continue to print at home.

On day two we move on to develop your understanding of the reduction technique. We start with a small introductory activity to help you get to grips with the process and then we move on to design, cut and print a two colour lino print. We will be working with soft cut lino, which is easy to carve your design and will allow you to make an expressive print.

You will leave with… prints of your mark and line making designs, five two-colour prints of your reduction design and your lino plates. If you select ‘with lino toolkit’ you will also take home your own five blade, wooden handled lino cutting tool kit. This comes with a block of lino, a small brayer and tube of ink, so that you can continue printing at home.

Who is this lino printmaking course for?
Complete beginners to printmaking and lino cutting, or those with a little knowledge who would like to increase their skills. Those with more experience will be able to cut a more complex design. We cover all the basics and so no prior experience in lino is necessary.

Materials and equipment
All printmaking, tools, material and equipment will be provided. Please bring along a sketchbook with some loose ideas to work from – although we will spend time in each session developing the designs.

Important details
Group size is limited to 6 people, to give you plenty of space to work in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. There will be opportunities to ask questions throughout the session. Please arrive at 09:30 for a cup of tea or coffee. The workshop will finish each day at approximately 15:00, but please note that times may vary depending on the speed at which you work. The simpler your design, the quicker you will finish. Teas and coffees are provided throughout the day, but please bring along a packed lunch (the nearest shop is a five minute drive away). Slamseys is a working farm in Essex and courses take place in the beautiful Barley Barn.

If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

All printmaking, tools, material and equipment will be provided. Please bring along a sketchbook and any relevant reference material that you would like to work from. There will be some ideas to inspire you on the day, or have a look at our Pinterest boards for more inspiration.


Ruth at Slamseys Art
The Barley Barn at Slamseys
Blackley Lane
Great Notley, Braintree
CM77 7QW
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- - #23274

Thank you for an informative and enjoyable day yesterday.

I hope to return for another course soon.

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- - #23273

Really recommended. I had a lovely time at the workshop.

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- - #23272

I didn't feel too rushed throughout this course, but also feel like I got what I needed to from it. I'll be printing my own wrapping papers come Christmas, I know it.

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- - #23271

Such an informative two days. I really do feel like I was able to get to grips with the technique, although I will continue to practice with my kit at home. The blackberry cake was a lovely touch.

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- - #18158

5 stars - a lot of fun

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- - #18157

I was a complete beginner to working with lino but this was thoroughly informative - I'm pleased & will book again. Thanks to Anne for the biscuits!

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- - #18156

I've always wanted to learn lino and came on this class in September. It's a great introduction to the process, taught in a small class in a large space, so plenty of room for working. I enjoyed using the presses, but am glad that this is an easy one to do my Christmas cards in at home this month!

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- - #18155

I learnt a lot on this valuable course. All of the steps to complete a reduction lino plate and print it in two colours. I chose something quite ambitious, but managed to fit it in, just in time. Great teaching & fab space x

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- - #12546

Gorgeous space. Ruth is great fun and knowledgeable, but also friendly and approachable. This one is a little different than some of the other classes, but still enjoyable and a good foundation for future classes. Friday mornings work for me, so I hope to make a term of it. Recipe for the flapjacks please!

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- - #12542

What a beautiful day! Lovely surroundings, pleasant people - just the thing I needed to kick start my projects. I've got a sketchbook full of ideas, colour and drawings and lots of ideas I'm going to rework at home. I will be booking onto the fabric printing next month to make some of these ideas come true!

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- - #11228

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- - #6878

Thanks Ruth! Loved learning how to print - you are a great teacher. The barn is an amazing space too! Hope to be back soon :)

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- - #6876

Ruth was a great teacher and we had a lot of fun. Also, the barn is a lovely setting.

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- - #6792

Wonderful venue, tasty refreshments, great facilities. I really enjoyed learning to screen print, have been wanting to learn for a long time. I'm excited to buy my own supplies & keep printing at home - thank you!

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- - #6791

Printed a tote bag for Christmas, fun workshop & really pleased with my design. Yummy rocky road cake too!

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- - #6783

I came with three friends to this course, Slamseys is in a beautiful location on a farm, the barn is a really enjoyable place to be. Ruth was friendly and helpful throughout the session - no question was too silly to ask! Really pleased with my bags, can't wait to come again soon!

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- - #6769

I took my wife of 26 years to this - it was a wonderful day that brought us closer together. My printing experience had been limited to the office photocopier to date so this course really opened my eyes to the versatilities of the form. The venue and facilities were excellent and I really enjoyed the cheese sandwiches. Tutor Ruth was very approachable and had a great sense of humour. Would recommend.

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- - #6757

Did one of these courses over the summer and it was totes amazing.

Ruth was on hand through the whole thing to help me with the design and any questions I had about the process. At end of the course I had a great gift for my friend's birthday.

Really fun too.

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- - #6755

Really enjoyed the printmaking workshop at Slamseys, fabulous venue, delicious refresments and helpful and warm tutor. The small group size meant there was lots of help at hand throughout the workshop.

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