Block Print Workshop Notes Catherine Greenwood

  • Workshop 10-4pm
  • Approximate Timings: Designing & carving 10-12.30
  • Coffee & tea & biscuits are provided.
  • Lunch 12.30-1pm
  • Printing 2-3.15pm
  • There will be time allowed to visit the garden or exhibition and for work to dry. Wrap up 3.45-4pm
    Please Bring:
    1. An old shirt or an apron– the inks are water-based but a little messy! A packed lunch.
    2. A sketchbook and any ideas for making a design that you could repeat in a pattern, be prepared for this to take some time, try to keep it simple and not be too ambitious! Size: 10cm x 10cm can be square or rectangle. A postcard or magazine picture to draw from or trace for example: leaf, flower, geometric design, fish, pattern.
    3. A plastic bag or portfolio to take home your printed apron and cards, these may need to lie flat to dry.
  • Ideas: Print designs are always in reverse, think about the positive & negative spaces and the areas that you will leave raised which will print and the areas you will cut away which will be blank. In the workshop you will be guided through the design, carving and printing process but it will speed things up if you have an idea in mind before coming to the workshop. You will print on paper cards and also fabric scarves or bags. You will aquire a new skill that can take time to perfect, so please keep an open mind about the results!
  • Pintrest links for some ideas for a simple design, William Morris is always a good place to start!
  • Your block of Lino or rubber will be approximately 10 cm x 10cm or 12 x 10cm as a rectangle, please make your design to fit this size. You will be using lino cutters which will be provided to carve the design having traced or drawn it from your own image. I have detailed suppliers below for you to purchase your own materials for you to continue to enjoy this creative Print technique.

Tool links:
ABIG Tool set under £10
Soft cut lino (grey or cream non fabric backed) £5-£20
‘Master cut’ white rubber for fabric or easy cut stamps.
Ink ‘speedball’ for fabric or paper

Annie Sloan chalk paint-can be used on paper or upholstery fabric. (Not suitable for garments that get washed often) once thoroughly dried for at least a week, iron the print and wash fabric on 30 degrees,
Cutting guard
Fabrics: Plain cushion covers, tea towels, tote bags
Blank Cards

I hope you really enjoy the workshop discovering the joys of printmaking! Please drop me an email or like my FB or IG pages. Thanks! Catherine