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Linocutting at Leicester Print Workshop

17th September 2019

Over two consecutive Saturdays in August, LPW member Gregory Millar ran a workshop entitled ‘Cutting Edge: The Art of Simplifying Linocut’ at LPW.

Gregory shared his own working process in producing A4 handmade linocut prints using soft Japanese vinyl with eight artists.

Key aspects of the course covered picture composition, editing, scale, creating the illustration trace, how to apply it permanently to the linocut vinyl plate, cutting the plate, inking up and printing. Also covered by Gregory were tips on how to make corrections when mistakes have been made in cutting a vinyl plate and how to create an identical ‘twin’ vinyl plate of an original to use as another print layer.

By the end of the two day course all the artists had produced their own unique linocut prints, with some printed in two colours. See the incredible range of images produced in our Facebook gallery, here.

Linocut is great place to start your printmaking journey and is wonderful for creating bold images. Participants on our linocut courses will learn to carve an image into lino using a selection of tools and to print using our presses.

If you would like to learn linocut yourself, we are running a Linocut taster course here at Leicester Print Workshop on Sunday 29th September, as well as a day course, Colours Of India, on Sunday 10th November.

Gregory will be teaching another course on our January – July 2020 course programme, Softening Linocut: The Art of the Surface on Saturday 30th – Sunday 31st May. Sign up to our mailing list, The Scoop to get the scoop on all our upcoming courses!


Linocut by Steve Nash.