Linoprint: Basics and Beyond

52 TUTOR: Karen Carter

Discover the wonderful world of printing using soft-cut lino. You will look at a number of techniques for creating both coloured and monochrome prints, which can be easily done at home with a minimum of specialist equipment. There will be step by step demonstrations for every stage of the process then, once you have learnt the basics it's time to experiment, combine and play with the techniques. This is a fun and informal workshop suitable for complete beginners or those wishing to refresh their skills.


2 PM
PM course

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. We will look at the various qualities of linoprinting; bold, graphic, delicate and linear and explore different ways of creating an image from a range of starting points. We will be using water-soluble inks in combination with different materials to produce a range of interesting prints.

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 work with limited colour and black & white to 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. No previous experience is needed, just a willingness to experiment and a big apron!

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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