Introduction to Etched Linocut (weekend course)

etched lino print next to its printing plate


Etched lino is a fabulous process that can transform the way you approach relief printing. Relief printing can sometimes feel quite restrictive in terms of the marks you can achieve, they can be quite graphic with clean edges, you’re also very much in control of the image so there aren’t many surprises. Etched lino is full of surprises, in a way you’re collaborating with the etch and giving over a bit of control to the etch.

The process of etched lino involves applying a caustic soda based solution to the lino to breakdown the lino, leaving scarred marks and organic recesses. You can control where the caustic etch with eat away using resists applied to the lino.

Carving tuition will not be a part of this course and previous experience of linocut is not essential, but please bring along your carving tools if you wish to.

Suitable for those with no printmaking experience and those wishing to develop their existing skills. Maximum 8 participants.

Covid safety precautions will be updated closer to the start of the course. More information will be provided on booking.

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?

During the weekend you will be introduced to the basics of etched linocut and you will have two lino blocks to work with. Relief printing can sometimes feel quite restrictive in terms of the marks you can achieve, they can be quite graphic with clean edges. You're very much in control of the image, there aren’t many surprises. This method of printmaking allows for an enormous range of mark making with tonal variation, that can be combined with carved marks. You will finish the weekend with a small edition of prints and proofs.

During this weekend course we will cover:
- Drawing materials and mark making
- Technical process of etching
- Paper handling
- Registration
- Set up and use of an etching press for relief printing
- Editioning of the prints


Jake Spicer at Draw Brighton


10 South Lvl 5 New England House
New England Street
East Sussex

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Hearing impaired
  • Learning difficulties (SEN)
  • Limited mobility
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • UK Holiday
  • Vision impaired
  • Wheelchair users


6 hours (10:00am to 4:00pm)

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