Printmaking At Home – Lino Print Projects Online

Using Printmaking techniques you already know this course, you will be taken through a single project to make sophisticated layered prints at home. The tutor will be delivering the sessions live from her home studio, and will be able to offer support, guidance and feedback on your project.

Tutor Bio: Linda Newcombe is an artist, printmaker and illustrator. She gained a Degree at Central St Martins in the 90s and a Masters at Falmouth University in 2018. Her specialism is printmaking and she uses it as a basis for all of her work. Linda has taught in colleges and universities for over 20 years and started teaching the printmaking courses at Mary Ward in 2013.

Classes will involve some self study and information being sent to you via email. The course will be run via Zoom, please make sure you have installed in in advance of your first class.

If you would like enrol at the concession rate, please request and complete your enrolment by contacting: or calling 020 7269 6000 Mon- Thu

Who is this course for

This is for artists and beginners who want to learn and try methods in home printing without a press and also for people who have done basic linocutting and would like to progress. It is also suitable for carvers and sculptors who are interested in making flat images from the carved surface.

What does this course cover

In this technique, no press is required, so it can be achieved very effectively on the 'kitchen table'. You will be taught how to print different layers of colour by hand and how to match-up or 'register' each layer of colour to the one below, resulting in a successful multi-coloured and single coloured printing method.
By the end of the course you should be able to:
1. Create a design suitable for lino block printing, transfer the design
2. Mix coloured inks effectively, use rollers to prepare blocks for printing
3. Ink up, register and print relief blocks accurately

You will be asked to prepare a project using multiple layered printing. The layers will require different inks, such as multiple colours or extenders. This course follows the 'flipped' style of teaching, where after demonstration and discussion the class and the tutor review what you have produced already and advises you how to achieve the outcomes you are aiming for. You will need to plan your work in advance and be able to make some investigations with the techniques outside of the class time.

Please see below for detailed materials list.

Once you have your materials and equipment all you need is to connect to the internet Zoom meeting for the duration of the classes. All the instructions will be emailed to you and the course will be taught by our highly experienced printmaking tutor Linda Newcombe who will take you through the dos and donts in the virtual printroom.

At the beginning of the course via your computer screen you will be shown how to set up your space at home, how to ink up and create your images and how to take the best prints. You will then be able to use the methods, and other techniques to practice and experiment with the techniques you have learned. You can communicate directly to the tutor openly or privately and also with the others in the group which will have 12 maximum. Each of the sessions will cover a new topic for you to explore and
the time to experiment. You will have a break in the middle of the session in which you will be have the chance to share your results with the group online.

What will it be like

You will work in your own home making and transferring designs, cutting the designs into different blocks and printing them by hand onto clean papers. You will use traditional tools and processes and simple, modern materials.

Teaching methods: This course will be taught online. Your teacher will be on hand, giving you demonstrations from her home studio which you can apply at home. This is a specialist course needing a specialist UK based printmaking supplier such as or You will need to have all the materials from the list ready at home by the start date of the course. There will also be written hand-outs with visual material and sometimes videos which you will be sent by email. You will be able to share your home discoveries and smooth out any wrinkles in group discussions
Learning methods: Hands-on practical activities, reading hand-outs and following instructions.

What else do you need to buy or do

All the materials and equipment are available from specialist printmaking suppliers, there are a few in the UK and all do mail order. You will need to purchase your inks from them. You may be able to purchase some of the other items from craft suppliers or online stores, however be aware that very cheap items may not function well and may need to be replaced with better quality. Esdee products are fine, and you may have a kit already but please check you have everything below (some of the kits come with the wrong ink for this course)
Specialist supplier Materials and essential equipment:

' 3 x lino sheets or blocks, all the same size. We recommend purchasing 'softcut' or 'relief printing' vinyl 150mm x 200mm (this fits nicely onto A4 paper, good if you haven't done it before). If you are experienced with the technique you could go up to 300 x 200, though you will need A3 sized paper
' Hard rubber roller, such as a firm Black Handled roller 75mm, plus a hard red handled economy roller for printing (though a pad of soft rags is also fine)
' Caligo Safe Wash Relief ink, - you will need a minimum of 3 primary plus black and 'Extender'
' A coloured indelible ink pen, such as a 'Sharpie' pen and a soft pencil
' Some sheets of tracing paper and a ruler or straight edge
' A flat surface to ink up on and coat your roller and vinyl, such as a sheet of flat plastic or plexiglass
' A flat palette to mix inks - a sheet of plexiglass is fine for this too
' A selection of plastic spatulas or palette knives for mixing inks
' Newspapers to protect your kitchen
' Paper to print onto. You can buy ordinary photocopy paper from a stationer, or a pack of very smooth economy white card, 160gsm from hobby/craft shops, or a bit of each (photocopy to practice on and cards for best) Because you are not using a press you can't print on thick or textured paper very well
' Lino cutting tool with a selection of different blades

' Baby wipes or kitchen towel for cleaning

You will need a suitable work area which is flat, at least A1 in size and something to plan your design into like a sketch book. Aprons and vinyl gloves may be needed, as the ink is messy and also old clothes are also recommended.

Online Learning:
The course will be run on Zoom, please make sure you have installed it in advance of your first class on your computer or mobile device. You can sign up for free here:

You will need a microphone (it's fine to use whatever is built into your device) and camera, so we can see you via video. You may also want to use headphones during the session.

You can participate in class sessions through the use of a computer, laptop, tablet or other similar internet enabled device. Please note that if you only have access to a smartphone, you will be able to attend the class sessions and participate in them but you will find it more difficult to benefit from the full range of materials and activities involved in the course if this is your only means of connection.

Make sure you have a small space to work in during the session and that as far as possible that you can keep this space quiet and clear of interruption so that you can concentrate on what is happening in the class.

By signing up to the course you are consenting to being on camera. The content of the lesson may occasionally be recorded by the tutor for internal education and training purposes but any such recordings will not be made available to anyone outside of the Mary Ward Centre organisation without us asking you again for further permission to do so

What this course could lead to

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