Relief Printing Workshops

Relief Printing I

This course introduces students to relief printmaking techniques using the lino block. Transferring an image to the plate, use of tools, inking up and printing on the press and by hand will be covered. Individual tuition will follow as students go on to produce their own prints. Blind Embossing on the press will also be demonstrated and students will be encouraged to use this method in their work. Peer learning and discussion will benefit individual progress throughout the day.

Relief Printing II

This course is suitable for those with some experience in relief printing. Mutliple plate and the reduction method of printing in colour will be discussed and demonstrated. Students will spend the day exploring these methods, and go on to produce their own prints. Peer learning and discussion will benefit individual progress throughout the day.

What is Lino printing?

Linocut is a printmaking technique, a variant of woodcut in which a sheet ofLino is used for the relief surface. A design is cut into the Lino surface with a sharp knife, V-shaped chisel or gouge, with the raised (uncarved) areas representing a reversal (mirror image) of the parts to show printed. The Lino sheet is inked with a roller, and then impressed onto paper or fabric. The actual printing can be done by hand or with a press.As the material being carved has no particular direction to its grain and does not tend to split, it is easier to obtain certain artistic effects with Lino than with most woods, although the resultant prints can lack the often angular grainy character of woodcuts and engravings. Lino is much easier to cut than wood; especially when heated, but the pressure of the printing process degrades the plate faster and it is difficult to create larger works due to the material’s fragility.

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