Explore the relief printing process of linocut from the comfort of your own home with the guidance of artist and printmaker Kirstie Williams in this online introductory workshop.
This zoom session is ideal for complete beginners in linocut or those who wish to refresh their previous skills and gain some new inspiration.
You will be guided through the process of carving, inking up and printing your lino block in a step by step way, with opportunities to discuss your designs and ideas as you go along.
A perfect way to be introduced to some simple printing techniques which can be achieved at home without the need for a press!
- Introductions, group discussions, showing linocut examples.
- Demonstrations – how to use tools safely, transferring imagery to the lino, using different gauges to carve lino.
- Students preparing imagery/carving lino. Questions answered as they arise
- Demonstration of rolling out ink, inking block, registering image and printing onto paper using wooden spoon
Your tutor: Kirstie Williams
Kirstie Williams is a local artist and printmaker who works with relief and screen printing techniques in her own work. She is inspired by 1950s surface pattern and uses geometric patterns and bold colours in her work.
Kirstie works as Print Studio Coordinator at The Art House in Wakefield and is also a founder member of Leeds Print Workshop. https://www.kirstiewilliams.com.
- Beginner / Intermediate.
What should people prepare beforehand?
- Bring some imagery as inspiration such as a book, image, drawing etc.
It will be helpful for students to prepare some simple line drawings onto A6 pieces of tracing paper if they have an idea in mind.
What materials will I need to purchase?
Prior to the workshop you will need to gather the following equipment and consumables. These items should be readily available at your favourite art supplier such as Handprinted or Intaglio Printmaker or you can purchase a basic lino print kit directly from WYPW (nb. kits must be ordered at least one week prior to the start of this workshop) – add at checkout.
- 1x A6 lino block (softcut or hessian backed).
- Set of lino cutting tools.
- Relief/block printing inks, ideally water based for ease of cleaning up such as Speedball, Cranfield (safe wash) or Schminke inks.
- A6 Tracing Paper or Greaseproof paper.
- Inking tray or perspex sheet.
- Cartridge paper to print on, ideally 170gsm or heavier. Smooth paper works better than textured paper.
- Cutting mat or bench hook if you have one.
- Vinyl / Latex gloves.
- Cloth for cleaning.
After attending this linocut course you might wish to sign up to a face to face course in one of the associated processes discussed during the workshop – you can browse our course programme here: https://wypw.org/product-category/courses/
If you already have some printmaking knowledge and want to explore your new found skills you could 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 a course with us you will receive a £5 discount. Find out more about the benefits of membership here: https://www.wypw.org/shop/standard-membership/
Cancellations and refunds
If you cancel your booking more than three weeks prior to the course start date, you will be eligible for a refund, minus a 5% admin fee. (Admin fee does not apply for Printmaker’s Toolkit Sessions).
We regret that we cannot offer refunds for cancellations made less than three weeks before the course start date. At this point we have already started making preparations including ordering materials and equipment, and it is less likely that we will be able to fill your place.
We cannot give refunds for failed attendance due to sickness or external circumstances.
If you would like to transfer to another course, we can do this free of charge providing you let us know three weeks prior to the course start date.
Bookings cannot be transferred with less than three week’s notice, however in the event that you are unable to attend on the day, bookings can be transferred to another person. In this case please inform us as far in advance as possible so that we can update the booking.
Cancellation by WYPW
West Yorkshire Print Workshop reserves the right to cancel or postpone courses. If this happens we will endeavour to give at least a week’s notice, and full refunds will be given.