Join artist and printmaker Jenny Thomas for this innovative course, exploring ways of making relief printed images using a caustic soda paste to etch into lino blocks. Lino etching is a very painterly technique, capable of producing gestural marks, gradations of tone, and texture. It can also be combined with traditional cutting methods using lino tools.
Caustic soda etches or ‘bites’ into the surface of the lino block to various depths, according to the length of time it remains in contact with the lino block. A wide range of tonal marks can be created, from white (negative) to grey (half tone). The lino may also be protected from the caustic etch by the application of a range of materials which will resist the etching process. The resulting areas will print black.
Jenny Thomas is a studio holder here at West Yorkshire Print Workshop, and uses the facilities for printing. She trained as a painter at Leeds and Birmingham colleges of art, and was taught lino cutting by her father. She now works mainly with relief printing, experimenting with materials and techniques, and hopes the course will encourage you to experiment also.
No previous experience is needed for this course. Beginners are welcome, along with those who need a refresher. This is also a great course for those with an established printmaking practice who want to introduce new techniques into their work.
All course prices include basic materials such as inks, paper, tools and equipment. Other materials and printmaking papers will be available to buy during the course if you would like to try something a bit different, or take some materials home to try out.
If you need to cancel your place on a course and you give at least 10 working days notice, you will be offered a credit note, valid for one year, which can be used in payment towards another course. Unfortunately we are unable to offer any refunds if the period of notice given is less than 10 working days. West Yorkshire Print Workshop reserves the right to cancel courses. If this happens, full refunds will be given.