Christmas Linocut card printing evening workshop for beginners

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Description

Make your own handprinted Christmas cards, using linocut techniques! You will be working on one 10x10cm square card design, and I will guide you through all the steps from planning, transferring, carving and proofing, to printing your design. You'll be in the friendly environment of my kitchen studio, with tea/coffee and biscuits/mince pies provided to fuel your festive creativity.

I have vintage books and illustrations for inspiration, but please feel free to bring along your own sketches. You will be working with traditional art linoleum, professional carving tools, handprinting tools and a Victorian cast-iron printing press. There will be coloured paper for printing, and the metallic inks are going to come out to add some extra sparkle to your cards!

You will make several prints of your design, and the course includes 10 card blanks and envelopes so you can assemble your own Christmas cards at home once your prints have dried. You will also be able to use our carved lino block to handprint more cards at home.

No printmaking experience is required, and people of all ages and artistic abilities are welcome. Even if you think you can't draw, you WILL be able to print! I can adapt my course for family groups with older children and special educational needs. If you have any access needs, please do contact me and I will do my best to adapt my equipment to your requirements.

Please note:
* I will not provide any tools or equipment to take home*
* your prints will likely take a few days to dry thoroughly, as we will be working with professional oil-based inks. I will wrap them securely in tissue paper and provide instructions on drying at home*

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

+ All course materials are provided.
+ Coffee, tea and squash provided, as well as biscuits / mince pies.
+ 10 square (12x12cm) Kraft card blanks and matching envelopes for mounting your prints when they are dry.
+ information sheet on good, basic printmaking equipment
+ your carved lino plate and any sketches and prints you make
+ complimentary handprinted bookmark

Maker

Judith Westrup at Rambling Hen Prints

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Venue

18 Cornwallis Road
Maidstone
Kent
ME16 8BA

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Christmas
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Hearing impaired
  • Learning difficulties (SEN)
  • Limited mobility
  • Parking provided
  • School holiday workshops & activities
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • UK Holiday
  • Vision impaired

Duration

2½ hours (6:00pm to 8:30pm)

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