Lino-Etching: Weekend Course
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About the Course
Join artist and printmaker Jenny Thomas for this innovative course in lino etching, exploring ways of making relief printed images using a caustic soda paste to etch into lino blocks. Lino etching is a very painterly technique, capable of producing gestural marks, gradations of tone, and texture. It can also be combined with traditional cutting methods using lino tools.
Caustic soda etches or ‘bites’ into the surface of the lino block to various depths, according to the length of time it remains in contact with the lino block. A wide range of tonal marks can be created, from white (negative) to grey (half tone). The lino may also be protected from the caustic etch by the application of a range of materials which will resist the etching process. The resulting areas will print black.
Jenny Thomas is a studio holder here at West Yorkshire Print Workshop, and uses the facilities for printing. She trained as a painter at Leeds and Birmingham colleges of art, and was taught lino cutting by her father. She now works mainly with relief printing, experimenting with materials and techniques, and hopes the course will encourage you to experiment also.
No previous experience is needed for this course. Beginners are welcome, along with those who need a refresher. This is also a great course for those with an established printmaking practice who want to introduce new techniques into their work.
After attending this course you will be well equipped to join our workshop as a member and continue to use our facilities to make and develop your own work. The sooner the better, as the longer you leave it the more you are likely to forget! If you join up within one month of attending the course you will receive a £5 discount.
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
All course prices include basic materials such as inks, paper, tools and equipment. Other materials and printmaking papers will be available to buy during the course if you would like to try something a bit different, or take some materials home to try out. Tea, coffee and biscuits provided, for which we ask a small donation.
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Course Start Dates
Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.
- Accessible by public transport
- Suitable for beginners
- Suitable for events & groups