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Reduction Lino Printing

Reduction Lino Printing

Friday 20 March 2020

In this workshop, you will develop your skills in cutting lino and explore how to use the reduction technique to print a two or three colour design.


We begin with a recap in reduction lino cutting and then use this technique to cut and print a two-colour design on an A5-A6 softcut or traditional lino. Soft cut lino is very easy to carve your design and will allow you to make an expressive print. We will burnish the plates using our relief printing press, brayers and other burnishing tools, most of which are easy to purchase and continue using at home. You will leave with… five two-colour prints of your reduction design and your lino plate.



This workshop is ideally suited to those who have some familiarity with linocutting, although we will recap the processes for anyone who is a little rusty. If you are a complete beginner, we also run a two day Beginner's Linocut course, which gives a full introduction to working with lino.



All printmaking, tools, material and equipment is provided. Please bring along a sketchbook and any relevant reference material that you would like to work from. Lino printing kits will be available to purchase on the day if you would like to continue practising at home.



Group size is limited to 6 people, to give you plenty of space to work in a friendly and relaxed atmpsphere. There will be opportunities to ask questions throughout the session. Please arrive at 09:30 for a cup of tea or coffee. The workshop will finish at approximately 15:00, but please note that times may vary depending on the speed at which you work. 



Ruth Wheaton
Ruth Wheaton

I've been teaching printmaking at Slamseys since 2013, having studied with the OCA, Gainsborough's House and Colchester Institute. I love helping adult learners discover new processes and create artwork. I make sure classes are relaxed and friendly - you can never ask too many questions! 

Tutor Reviews

We really had a fantastic time learning how to screen print and creating our own designs and would love to do more with Slamseys.... Highly recommend both in terms of the fab venue and teaching!!

Chelmsford City W.I.

I go on courses when other people go on holiday and discovered Slamseys printing courses and had a rush of blood to the head. It has been a total success! Ruth is a very experienced tutor, there is flexibility and equipment and inks are freely available. There are lots of helpful tips along the way so that you can continue at home. She has a real love and understanding of the printmaking process. With Ruth’s very gentle teaching style, you will get a great deal out of the class, even with no prior knowledge of printing. Everything associated with Slamseys is of the highest quality and matches the branding of the website. The barn is a very large, airy space and very conducive to encouraging art activities. There being no more than 6 in a class there is no need for the diffident to feeling overwhelmed, and there is plenty of parking!  What more can I say? Only I am already planning to join more course in the future. My money was well spent!

Cathy T

The 5 Week Printmaking Short Course was a perfect introduction to a variety of ways of printing art, that could easily be replicated at home. Ruth is a very talented artist who is able to generate an enthusiasm for what she does during the course. She is very patient and allows each member of the class to 'do their own thing'. The surroundings in which the course takes place are ideal and the equipment provided is very good. I will certainly continue to print art at home and have already begun collecting a few things with a project in mind. I thoroughly enjoyed each morning.

Karen B

The Fabric Printing One-to-One course was fantastic. We were so impressed with the course from booking to finish. Ruth was flexible and accommodating when we needed to change our booking at the last minute. We would just love to do more printing now! The follow up information about where to purchase supplies etc. is extremely helpful. This will ensure we carry on!

Connie C

I found the Fabric Printing Short Course really interesting and informative, especially as this is something I've never tried before, it was very good value for money. I especially liked the small class and the laid back approach Ruth has, it really does makes people feel at ease and able to express themselves individually. Also being able to experiment with different techniques and mediums. The cakes were a real treat too! 

Sam D