With Julie Moonlight
An introductory workshop to create and print your own multi-coloured image using the reduction cut method.
Linocut – reduction cut
Linocut printmaking is one of the best known relief printing methods. The process of preparing the block is relatively simple by using cutting tools to cut a lino block, and strikingly original prints can be created.
The aim of this workshop is to create and print a multi-coloured design using the ‘reduction cut’ method. The process is that you cut away and print successive layers working from light to dark. It would be useful if you could bring your images/sketchbook ideas to use as a basis for your design, working on a maximum of 3 colours. Obviously, the more layers you do, the more complex it becomes and some really nice prints are created with just one colour, plus black. You will print about 5-10 copies of your block, so that the extras can be used to check that you’ve got the cutting and colour right.
If you can only make one day, it would still be possible for you to create a single coloured print and perhaps explore using chine collé, which provides a different background colour behind the image different to that of the rest of the paper.
Cost: $20 for one day or $40 for both days
Materials fee: $15 for both days or $10 for one day, which includes the lino, papers and ink necessary to produce your prints. Please also bring a pencil and a biro or a fine indelible ink pen (so that your drawn image remains on the block as a permanent guide for cutting).
Lino-cutting tool: if you don’t already have one, it would be best if you could purchase your own cutting tool. There are a couple of spares that can be borrowed from the Arts & Craft Centre, but I can’t guarantee that they will be available. You can buy a complete set (cutting handle and blades) from Gordon Harris for $15, or they sell handles ($4.90) and blades (individually sold behind the counter), which works out cheaper.
Workshop suitable for all levels of ability. Wear old clothing or an apron.