Intro to Block Printing Workshop


An introduction to linocut relief printmaking with Stacy Tabb of Rock & Paper.

You will learn how to use various carving tools and traditional techniques to create a unique one color linocut block of your own.

Beginning with mark-making experimentation on a practice piece of scrap lino, you will be guided through the design, carving, inking and printing stages of the production of a final piece which is yours to take home along with your practice prints. You will learn how to ink your carved block and hand burnish your design.

Please bring an apron or wear old clothes. Feel free to bring sketches, objects, or printed-out designs of anything that may inspire your relief print.

Date: Aug 28 from 4PM to 9PM.

Location: The class will take place at Art/Ifact studios in Lakeland, FL and is hosted by Volume Art Collective, who will be providing food, beer, and wine.

Price: $75 including all materials. Sign up here, via Volume Art Collective. Due to space and quantity of tools available, the class size will be limited to 12 participants.


Image Preparation Notes

We will be using a 4″ x 6″ linoleum block.

Choosing an appropriate image for linocut can be tricky. To start, simple is key, so an image that has clearly defined light and dark areas would be best, such as buildings, simple drawings, even just text. Shading can be done in linocut by varying line weight cuts, and using crosshatching and stippling, which we will practice during this beginner class.

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Example of shading cuts.

The other major consideration is whether you will be removing material around your image (positive carve), as in this example:


Or removing your image from the background material (negative carve), as in this example:

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Examples of simple linocuts (by other artists):


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If you have a photograph that you want to try to use, the best way to prepare the image is to convert it to black and white to see if the light/dark areas are well enough defined. These examples were done on my phone, which has a simple black and white, or desaturation, filter in the image editing program.

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You can contact me via email before the class and I’ll be glad to advise on your proposed image.