I’m confused about which workshop to do...
- I want to carve an image and print on fabric! Join Heritage Fabric Printing (4 hours).
- I want to carve an image and print on paper! Join Heritage Linocut Printing on Paper (4 hours).
- No time to carve a block? Use pre-made blocks and join Express Linocut Printing (2 hours) to make art prints on paper.
- No time to carve a block? Use pre-made blocks and join Express Fabric Printing (2 hours) to make prints on fabric.
What is Block Printing?
Block printing is a technique where you use a block made of linoleum, rubber, metal or wood to stamp a pattern with ink onto material, paper or any other suitable horizontal surface. As the block is held in the hand, it is usually of a considerable thickness for better grip. You can buy decorative pre-carved blocks, or carve your own design in a rubber blocks to create truly customised patterns. It’s a fun and quick way to make large work, especially for fabric!
What is Linocut Printing?
Linocut is another way to print and uses a large metal press of hand-held baren to transfer the inked surface of the linoleum or rubber block onto paper. I use only a new rubber type linoleum that is easy to carve - none of that dangerous old-skool linoleum! You can make a multiple coloured print by creating several blocks and assigning a certain colour for each part of the image. My beginner classes focus on creating a single block and learning the techniques of image transfer, carving with specialist tools, and the tricks of printing without creating a mess!
Can I wash my fabric?
Definitely! We use special textile inks on that become colour-fast once heat is applied. It’s advisable that you use an old handkerchief between the paint surface and your iron, and make sure that the iron is set to a high dry heat.
Can I keep my block?
Of course! The great thing about carving your own block is that you can use it for so many other projects. Print on greeting cards, envelopes, bookmarks, wrapping paper, placemats and cushions. Or print on a t-shirt and wear it around - I do!
Are your workshops monthly?
My workshops are seasonal so it depends on my exhibition and travel commitments. I limit participant numbers because I like to give each student lots of attention so they can pick up as many skills as possible.
How do I book?
All my workshop are on my website. I accept online payments and will respond with details such as location after your booking is made. See upcoming workshops!