West Moss-side Organic Farm and Centre nr Stirling Scotland

Course Details - Relief Printing

This is a new workshop inspired by the work of Jill Dow and Darren Rees who exhibited beautiful lino prints in the 2015 Forth Valley Open Studios exhibition Wild. Elspeth Lamb works with woodcuts of the Japanese Ukiyo-e tradition. She will be running a Mokahanga block printing workshop in April 2016 but first as an introduction to relief printing she will offer a lino cut print workshop.

Title Relief Printing with Elspeth Lamb

Linocut is essentially the same process as woodcut, the only difference being that linoleum is softer and easier to use. Picasso began using the linoleum off his floor as early as 1939, but it was from the mid-50s that linocuts became an important part of his print production, as he imitated the bold designs and bright colours of the posters produced for the local bullfights near his home in the South of France.

Linoleum was invented in the nineteenth century as a floor covering. It became popular with artists for printmaking in the twentieth century.

Although linoleum as a floor covering dates to the 1860s, the linocut printing technique was used first by the artists of Die Brücke in Germany between 1905 and 1913 where it had been similarly used for wallpaper printing. They initially described these prints as woodcuts, which sounded more respectable.

On this course we will use the reduction print method which means that we will produce a small edition of a finished print in several colours .

About the tutor

It is really special to have Elspeth coming to West Moss-side. It is a perfect complement to Charmian Pollok's Paper Making Workshop. Indeed Elspeth and Charmian have worked alot together.  Using natural materials and water based paint the Japanese block printing so well speaks to the natural landscape and environment.    Elspeth Lamb has written and edited a definitive book on Paper Making for Print Makers which includes a chapter written by Charmian Pollok. .


You can find a more comprehensive bio here.
Prerequisite knowledge/skills
No previous skills are required to come on this workshop.
Course format

Over the two days Elspeth will introduce you to the  technique of lino-printing and guide you through the process to produce unique pieces :

• Introduction to the fascinating history of
prints and papermaking
• Learning about different ways of carving the lino using the
traditional cutting tools, preparing and shaping each colour
• Making preparatory drawings and sketches to transfer to the
• Explanation of colour separation printing: eg. reductive printing
and multi-block printing
• Carving the lino to prepare it for printing
• An introduction to different papers, how they are made and
their importance 

• Printing the colour separations using watercolour paints and dyes on to Japanese papers.

After completing this course...
You will have some beautiful pieces to take home and you will have a real introduction to the art of printing. You will also be able to continue to print at home as no press is required. This process may be safely used in schools as part of Higher Expressive Unit as watercolour inks/paints are used to print the images. It will also give you a perfect introduction to moving onto wood block printing and the Mokahanga technique.

Duration This is a two-day course, starting at 10:00 and finishing at 16:30
Dates There are no current scheduled dates for this course, please click here to send us a message indicating your interest in receiving details when they become available
Meals Country farmhouse fare will be provided together with generous supplies of teas and coffee and home baking.
Accomodation Accommodation available over the weekend in Trossachs Yurts at West Moss-side. There is a special rate available as a workshop participant - so why not bring friends and family.
Disabled facilities

More information
For more information visit  Elspeth's  web entry or contact Elspeth or Kate
How do I book a place? There are no current scheduled dates for this course, please click here to send us a message indicating your interest in receiving details when they become available
What should I bring with me?
Bring along any drawings, photographs, sketchbooks, images you want to work with plus pencils/drawing tools camera and an apron.

Don't forget your camera too!
Are there any other related courses I can attend?
Mokuhanga block printing workshop is 2nd / 3rd April 2016  If you are interested please contact Elspeth or Kate