On Saturday we had another successful lino printing workshop in Rochdale. There were 6 people this time who came along and everyone produced fantastic and varied work.
It always amazes me what everyone comes up with even though they have had none or very little experience of working with lino cutting. It shows how accessible this craft is for all. You don’t even have to be able to draw, tracing a picture can be just as imaginative as an idea from your head.
Jo created some wonderful images. You can visit her blog here: http://jozartdesigns.blogspot.co.uk The first lino print she created was inspired by an olive wood angel figure which she loves. The detail and the colours she used were perfect, the imperfections in the print are really effective creating an almost aged, weathered look as if it has been on the outside of a church.
Her next image was a dragonfly which she cut with wonderful markings on the body and wings. She inked it up with jewel like colours which looks beautiful.
She then used this lino cut to print onto a cotton bag
Carol (read her blog here: http://carolcsstuff.blogspot.co.uk ) had done a lot of work before the workshop deciding on images and it shows in her wonderful birdcage and quirky house prints. It took time and patience but it was really worth it for the great detail she cut into it.
John had played around with images he found in a book and created a wonderful styalised tree that he printed in autumnal colours.
The image his lino cut left in the ink was lovely and worth a picture when held up to the light.
Barbara created lots of Christmas tags using an image of a seed head which she had cut out to create a small stamp. It is such a simple idea but so effective.
She also played around by mixing rubber stamps and her own lino cuts to create this cute little robin.
An even had time to create this beautiful tea towel.
Anna created a lovely little patterned stamp. She was using it to practice with the different cutters and seeing what effects she could get out of them. This is a fantastic way to get used to the cutters but still create a usable image, a lino sampler.
She then got more adventurous and printed this wonderful Angie Lewin inspired flower head lino cut.
Annette created this cute little robin print which would look lovely on a card.
She then created this lovely sweeping butterfly cotton bag.
The lovely Lynn (http://www.oneimadeearliertoday.blogspot.co.uk/) who didn’t take part in the workshop this time, still managed to make these lovely little tags in between keeping everybody fed and watered with lots of hot drinks, sandwiches and yummy biscuits.
Saturday was a great day from start to finish and I hope everybody enjoyed it as much I enjoyed teaching them. It was lovely to meet lots of new people and seeing what they created. I hope they carry on with it at home, it is a relatively easy and cheap craft to learn. You can buy the basics from most craft shops like Fred Aldous in Manchester or shops such as Paperchase as well as online from Amazon and Ebay so everybody can have a go.
Below are the links to some of the groups blogs who have written up a review of the workshop.
If anyone would like to come to a lino printing workshop I am running 3 over the next few weeks in Wilmslow, Cheshire so get in touch.
Monday 19th is no longer available