Linoprinting: Colour and Layer

38 TUTOR: Karen Carter

Discover the wonderful world of printing using soft-cut lino.In this workshop, you will explore beyond the basics into colour and layers, using a wide variety of techniques from freeform painterly approaches to registered layering for precise prints across multiple plates.There will be step by step demonstrations for each stage of the process and time to experiment, combine and play with the techniques. This is a fun and informal workshop suitable for those with a basic knowledge of lino cutting and anyone wishing to refresh their skills.

Course Notes

This course offers you the opportunity to try out a variety of techniques for printing by hand that can easily be done at home, expanding on basic linocutting techniques into layering and colour.

We will start with a quick refresher of linocutting techniques before making a simple registration device to use throughout the week.

We will then look at working in layers…..designing for a multi-layer linoprint; layering using polystyrene as a printing plate; cutting multiple plates; & creating interesting backgrounds using the back of the plate for simple monoprinting.

For those wishing to expand their skills further there will be the opportunity to have a go at a reduction plate too!

We will be exploring colour using blends & rainbow rolls, spot colour, and masks, as well as cutting up our plates to make jigsaw prints and freeform layering.


We will cover :-Tools & materials (working on easy-cut lino); Creating a design and transferring it to the lino (the tutor will bring some designs along for you to work from if you don't wish to create your own) ; Safe and easy cutting techniques; Inking & printing methods .

This technique is particularly suitable for cards, small art prints, & works on paper and can be used to create strong graphic images or more complex layered prints using simple process that look like you've done something complicated!


We will produce a whole batch of prints with the emphasis on experimenting and 'having a go!' There will be step-by-step demonstrations, followed by time to explore the different processes at your own pace.


PLEASE NOTE:All inks used during this workshop are water-soluble- all cleaning up is done with soap & water but please bring barrier cream or gloves if you know you have an allergy to any of these materials.


Useful Books (copies of these will be available to look at during the course)

Handmade Prints (Anne Desmet); Printmaking for Beginners (Jane Stobart);

Practical Mixed Media Printmaking (Sarah Riley);


Students 'To Bring' List:

Sketchbook / photos / ideas / inspiring objects to work from (the tutor will also provide templates to work from if you prefer)

Old apron or shirt

Pencil, biro, notebook


If you have your own linocutting tools and a roller feel free to bring them, however the tutor will provide all the equipment you need to borrow during the class.


Please bring your glasses if you need them for close-up work!


All printing materials, paper, inks etc will be provided by the tutor

Course Tutor

Karen Carter

About Karen

Karen is an enthusiastic and experienced tutor specialising in printmaking and acrylics. Her method of teaching is both informal but instructional, aiming to bring out everyone's creativity in an encouraging and friendly atmosphere. Having studied design and illustration at art college she worked for many years as a commercial artist. She now divides her time between teaching and pursuing her own work, with involvement in exhibitions, studio trails, residencies and private commissions.

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All courses run for 5 days

WK 1 8 Jul - 12 Jul

WK 2 15 Jul - 19 Jul

WK 3 22 Jul - 26 Jul

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9.15AM to 12.15PM

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1.45PM to 4.30PM

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