lino, linocut, lino tools


Refresh your Lino-cutting Skills with Jill Barneby
Wednesday 27th February  10am - 4pm £62

Using the wonderful antique press at the Print Shed learn how to cut your design in lino, print it and make an edition of original lino prints.

Lino is a wonderfully 'graphic medium' - simple slightly stylised images are excellent for working with lino. A linocut is a type of relief print; the paper is literally 'stamped' with the ink rolled on to the top surface.  To make the design the area you are cutting away first will be white and leaving the part of lino still proud to take the ink and create the image. Having cut a design Jill will show you how to experiment by introducing background colour and shaded rolls of colour.

Linocuts as fine art were originally made popular by Picasso, before that they were simply regarded as a student's medium to practise for woodcuts. This course is excellent for those who have no experience or perhaps need to take a refresher course in Linocut.

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etch, etching, saline


Safer Etching with Jill Barneby   £120 
Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd March  10am - 4pm

This is a great two day course suitable for newcomers to etching as well as returners. Using aluminium and a saline solution you will learn the principles of etching. All of the basics for preparing the etching plates, applying a waxed ground, drawing the image through the wax through to etching the line and adding tone, will be covered. Over the two sessions you will be able to make one or two etching plates and have time to print an edition of your images from these. Jill will show you how to use different colours as well as adding rolled-over colour to your image.  

Bring source material - sketches, photographs etc.  It may help if these are in black and white; simple greyscale images will help you to identify the lights and darks when working on tonal areas of your etching plate.

Image : North Watch, Jill Barneby

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how to draw, drawing, pastel


Three Tuesdays Drawing with Marianne Ryan

Tuesday 5th, 12th & 19th March.  £90.00 for all three sessions.  10am - 1pm 

Tuesdays Morning Sessions making drawing fun, practical and possible!

with Marianne Ryan at The Print Shed

Tuesday 5th, 12th & 19th March. 10am - 1pm

£90.00 for all three sessions

No more faltering at the thought of that clean white paper or the mess you might make. In these introductory sessions, Marianne will encourage you to move from line to tone with confidence and skill, discovering the beauty of pencil, charcoal and pastel. Suitable for all levels.

Please book directly with Marianne
01905 571231


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linoprint,  linocut reduction, Lino-cut


Reduction Lino with Jill Barneby  £95.00
Thurs 7th, Thurs 14th & Thurs 21st March  10am - 1pm

Relief print is one of the oldest and simplest forms of printmaking.  To understand the process Jill will first show her students examples printed at the various stages of the printing process. It is normal to work from light colours through a medium shade then to the darkest colour although sometimes this can be adjusted to achieve a different effect.

1. For the first part of the image any areas to remain white, ie remain the colour of the paper, is carved out of the lino.  Roll on the lightest of your chosen colours.  Print several using The Print Shed 'Registration System'.  You might need to sample the mixed colour, and adjust if necessary.  Retain any less than perfect prints to proof subsequent colours.  Aim to make 6 to 8 good prints. Clean ink off your lino.

2. Carve out the areas which are to remain showing in the colour you used in step one, roll on a second darker shade using any of those 'not so perfects' first to proof the colour and the actual nature of the cutting work.  Print the second colour on to the prints already made with the first colour.  You can now think of the paler shade as having being saved.  

3. The cut/print, cut/print system is followed using darker colours each time until the image is completed. Bear in mind that the inks rolled on to the surface of the lino will be affected by the colour of any inks already printed on the paper.  A medium blue printed over yellow will result in a green tone.
The down side is that there is no going back!  If you have cut the wrong bit out, a quick design re-think is needed to make your print work.

For a short course, use a fairly simple image, and use no more than three or four colours for rolling on and appreciate that you might make other shades as colours cover ones already laid down.  Printing sometimes creates a nice surprise!

There is an option to stay on in the afternoons for a small extra fee.  Lino around A5 size, paper for 12 prints, inks and tools are all provided.  Further materials available at friendly prices. 

Image : Night Tree, Jill Barneby

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Japanese Print, Block, Woodcut, hand printed


Japanese Wood Block with Rowan McOnegal   £120
Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd June  10am - 4pm both days

New Date

Japanese Woodblock printmaking (Mokuhanga ) is a traditional art which has long been admired by Westerners. This relief print method uses a unique registration system, together with compatible materials comprising carved woodblocks, Japanese paper (washi), and water based pigments. The image is carved using a selection of special knives and chisels. Rowan McOnegal will show you how make your design, transfer it to the block and how to apply the water-based inks using a brush. Using a unique registration system the blocks are then hand printed with a baren, the ink is pressed deeply into the absorbent Japanese paper. 


This Japanese method is low tech and environmentally friendly. It is the particular combination of materials and processes which result in the unique quality of a Mokuhanga print. Rowan, who travelled to Japan specifically to learn Mokuhanga, will help you immerse yourself in Japanese aesthetics for the weekend.

All materials are provided.

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Image : Wood Cut by Print Shed Student

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