Following our successful courses last year, we are delighted to be able to offer a series of linocut courses with printmaker Alexandra Buckle for 2020. Alexandra has exhibited widely, both locally and nationally, and is a regular exhibitor in Claydon Gallery.
Alexandra will help you plan, execute and complete a print in a day using the reduction linocut method. This is a multi-colour relief printing technique which involves cutting and printing a few layers of colour from the same block of lino in order to build up an image, destroying the block in the process. It is a fascinating and rewarding process which wealds surprising and delightful results.
Alexandra will show you how to plan a design and transfer it to the lino; how to cut the lino; how to ink up the lino and how to print it. Most students manage to print three to four colours in the day. You will learn how to successfully burnish the prints by hand so that you can easily replicate the process at home with minimal equipment. You will also learn how to correctly register your prints so that each layer of colour lies directly on top of the previous layer.
You will be using soft cut vinyl type lino which is very easy to cut and print from and water based inks which are really easy to clean up and dry quickly. You will leave with a small edition of multi-colour prints.
Please bring along reference material to inspire your print. This could be a photograph you have taken, or a design sketch or painting that you wish to develop further. Anything will work well on the day as long as it is fairly bold, has limited colours and the detail is not too fiddly. Feel free to bring more than one idea if you are unsure what will work best. If you are not confident at drawing, print something out the correct size so that you can trace, we will be working on lino which is 10x15cm."
If you need glasses for close work, please remember to bring them!
All other materials and equipment are provided, though if you have your own lino cutters or any other equipment you enjoy using, please feel free to bring it along
These courses are for all abilities and age groups and Alexandra will take you through the process at your own pace.
Coffee, tea and biscuits provided.