Linocut Card Making Workshop
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Learn how to make a linocut card with one of our linopress/linocut Collectivists: Fran from Fran’s Press. In this course you will design, carve and print your own, single colour linocut greetings card. Fran will teach you some basic techniques and by the end of the course you will have enough knowledge to start printing independently at home, as well as a lovely hand printed card!
How did linoleum printing come about?
Linoleum was created in the 1800s and used in the late 1800s as a floor covering. Traditional wood and metal blocks for printing were expensive and time consuming to create.
Linoleum was cheaper to produce, and offered an easier surface to carve than wood and metal, especially when heated. It wasn’t as tough as metal, and didn’t have the surface grains and patterns that made wood trickier to carve. As linoleum was a softer material, it was much quicker to achieve results with the new linocut technique.
So linoleum started out as a cheap alternative, and was often used by amateurs or as a teaching product in schools, according to the Printmaking Dictionary.
But when artists such as Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso started using linoleum in the early 1900s, its popularity grew.
Fran, our workshop tutor, in her own words:
“I began lino printing in my spare time about five years ago after spending my birthday money on cutters, lino, ink and a roller. Most of my work is created at home using the back of a wooden spoon and a little bit of elbow grease in lieu of a press.
To me linocuts are like magic. I love the way you can start with a vague idea and see it coming together as you carve. But even more I love the way that you can never fully understand what’s been carved until it’s finally been printed.
I am inspired in some part by beautiful creatures in nature and in some part by fleeting images in my imagination. I am captivated by myths and legends and magical creatures and I’m always longing to explore this more in my art. My work is sometimes realistic and sometimes more stylised, but it is all brought together by common textures and carved shapes and marks that are unique to linocuts and which breathe life into my messy drawings.”
All materials and refreshments will be provided.
Six places are available at the workshop.