WOODCUT AND LINO PRINTMAKING WORKSHOPS IN CORNWALL – no experience required
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One-day Woodcut Workshop – 10am-4pm
3 people maximum. £65 per person (£95 for one-to-one days). All materials provided. Design, cut and print a woodcut in a day. Please bring a packed lunch. Tea and coffee supplied.
What to expect
Our courses and workshops are designed around you. All materials and tools are provided. Whether you want to try your hand at printing for the first time, print your own wedding stationery and invitations, or just have fun with your friends, you can choose your own level of guidance or freedom. Our tools – mostly Japanese woodcarving chisels – are very sharp and you will be taught how to handle them safely, and how to keep them sharp. You will be guided to make sure that you leave the workshop with your own printed work of art, and take away new skills and ideas for future creativity. Your day will be spent in our printmaking room overlooking the sea in West Cornwall – a great Cornish art experience.
Woodcut or linocut?
The choice of course is yours. Linocuts are a great way to start, as they are quicker, easier to print and require less physical exertion than a woodcut. We use softcut cutting surfaces that cut much more easily than oldfashioned lino and give clean prints. They are the preferred medium for designs to be printed on fabric. Woodcuts are a little more tricky. A few tips on how to cut effectively will see you make a quick start, but a greater control is necessary to cut the wood. We use high-grade hardboard in our workshops – it cuts smoothly and is an affordable alternative to traditional woods.
The woodcut process
Once your tools are nice and sharp, and you have drawn your design onto your cutting surface, cutting can begin, remembering that you are cutting your design in reverse, so it will print the right way round. Cutting should be smooth and controlled, removing all the areas of the surface that you do not wish to print. At all times the hand that isn’t holding the chisel must be kept behind the blade. This is very important! Once the design has been cut, it is inked up using professional printmaking rollers, made from smooth rubber. The woodcut or linocut is then laid on the press, with the paper placed carefully on top, and passed through the press, or burnished using the heel of the hand. Then it’s the big reveal! Peeling away the paper to reveal the print is a great experience, as you see your piece of art for the first time. You can then print a small edition, or make any changes you need to perfect your print. Prints are then hung up to dry until ready to take away.