Linocut is a very enjoyable and accessible relief printing method, with many techniques and possibilities. Nick Morley aka Linocut Boy of Hello Studios, Margate leads this introduction to the process, offering tips to get great results based on his own extensive experience working with lino. Nick has recently published an excellent book on the subject.
You will be shown examples of linocut prints, taken through the options for transferring your design onto the block, safe techniques for using tools (including how to sharpen them), how to ink up your carved block, choose papers and operate the presses. You’ll be using a book press to make your prints, but there are other options too for printing lino at the studio, including an Adana letterpress machine and an etching press that you'll be able to inspect and discuss.
No previous printing experience is necessary, the class is suitable for beginners and those wishing to refresh their skills. People who have taken this course can return to use our print studio during open access sessions.
If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
You can plan out your own design beforehand to work from, or you can pick something from the studio’s design library with hundreds of illustrated and vintage books to give you inspiration on the day.
All materials are included. We'll provide classic hessian-backed lino and a choice of other types of block to try out. There will be a range of tools to use and the different brands and choices will be discussed. Various papers will be available for proofing your design and final prints.
Teas and coffee will be served on arrival, and available through the day. There will be a break for lunch and you can either bring sandwiches or find something nice to eat at a choice of neighbouring cafes.
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