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Lino printing is a type of block printing. Essentially it is using tools to carve a design into lino/ a linoleum block, roll ink onto it and then print. It is a type of printmaking that can be applied to many materials and surfaces, such as paper, fabric or wood.
Join Amy, collect your ideas and materials, and let’s have some fun! This is an experimental workshop where we learn techniques and work towards creating our own Christmas cards. No experience necessary – please join in for the joy of learning how to carve and mark make with lino, providing you with ideas which you can then continue to explore after the workshop.
During this session we will divide our time between learning simple mark making techniques with lino cut tools, before embarking on a simple design we can carve and print during the workshop.
I encourage people to take themselves off mute and to share their progress/ thoughts and questions as we work through making our prints together. We can share what we are creating and discuss what works well and what doesn’t, learning from each other.
Put on your old clothes/ apron/ gloves, find a clean, flat surface to work on, place a little newspaper on a surface to protect it and we’ll get going!
Materials you will need:
- A pencil and paper – to draw out your design
- A thin marker, to draw design onto lino.
- Lino, such as can be found in art or craft shops. It is traditionally a grey/green colour, but is also available in other colours. See example here. You may wish to have a few small pieces, as we will create a practice piece as well as one for your design.
- Carving tools, such as these. Some are more expensive than others. I will be using wood carving tools, but choose what feels best for you.
- Block ink is ideal for this task. I shall be using block ink, but you could use acrylic paint if that’s what you have available. I will experiment with block ink, acrylic and caligo safewash ink (my personal favourite), to explore these options.
- A soft rubber roller/ brayer - this will be inked up and used to apply ink/ paint to the prints. Essdee do a blue one that will be perfect.
- An ink tray or another flat, smooth non-porous surface, such as a ceramic tile, sheet of glass or Perspex etc. This ideally needs to be wider than the width of your roller.
- Paper to print on to – thinnish paper will be best for picking up texture and detail (30g – 120gsm). Cartridge paper or printer paper will work fine. - A big spoon or baren – to apply pressure to take the print.
- Blank cards, for printing your finished Christmas design on to. - A big spoon or baren – to apply pressure to take the print.
- Duration: 60 mins
- Online Zoom event: Join from your computer, phone or tablet (a recording will be available)
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Meet the Host, Amy Hutchings
Amy Hutchings is a printmaker, based in Bristol, specialising in silkscreen and hand print techniques. With a passion for colour and line, her work captures the every day. Amy is also involved in many different community art projects and loves using art to engage with different communities.
Preparing for the Event
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Lino printing Christmas Cards has supplementary learning materials provided by the event host. Once you book an event, you will get access to these resources.
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Will my camera be on and will I be visible to the other people?
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