1950’s inspired printing workshop

December 4, 2016

I am sure you can imagine my delight when I spotted an email from Norfolk Museum Service offering a free print workshop for museum pass holders. Within five minutes of reading the email I was booked on the course!!

A local artist ran the course, using the new exhibition “Never had it so good” at Time and Tide as a source of inspiration.

I sneaked a few pictures (no flash was used!)

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The printing technique taught was lino. I have to admit I have never been enthusiastic about lino!

Michael provided us with cut out shapes to inspire us. We were instructed to play with the shapes and come up with an abstract design.

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This abstract shape formed the basis of our lino cut design.

Cutting out the lino took a little time (funny how everyone chose the small postcard sized pieces of lino to work with!).

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Michael encouraged us to cut round our design, carving a little of the space around the shape away. Having printed one colour to then cut away more of the lino thus changing the print design, ready to over print.

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I’m not overly struck with the design I came up with, but does that matter?? I had fun, experimented and met new people.

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I have to admit I am slightly envious other peoples work!
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I love this design:)

So what did I take away from the workshop? Personally the idea of using basic cut out shapes as a means of inspiring designs. How do you spark ideas?

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4 comments so far.

4 responses to “1950’s inspired printing workshop”

  1. Caroline says:

    Love the sound of that course, not done lino cutting since my art O’Level. Always seemed to manage to slice through my fingers with the cutting tool.

    So many things inspire me, can just be a morning sky or a piece of art work

  2. Ooh, I’d love to have done that course, Vicky. I’ve attended a silk screen printing workshop, but never lino printing. One day!

  3. Julie says:

    That’s looks like so much fun, I saw a few sneak peeks on instgram that you shared earlier in the week. I’m like Caroline, I took a slice off the end of my finger in 4 year juniors (year 6) and I just remember how much it bled! I love the idea of making my own fabric, just another thing to add to the bucket list! #HandmadeMonday

  4. Caroline says:

    So glad you had fun and you can always try again when you get a chance. I love those 1950’s prints!
    I have a link on the #HandmadeMonday page about block printing too!

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