Dive into the world of linocut printmaking in this beginners class, and you'll soon be channelling Picasso or Escher. Linocut burst into popularity in the early 20th century as a printmaking technique. A design is cut, carved or gouged into a sheet of linoleum, and this stamp is then inked and pressed onto the fabric, creating repeating patterns. Lino is preferred over wood by many as it lacks a directional grain and doesn't split. It's also extremely satisfying to slice and cleave at a supple block of lino, creating a mirror image of your final design.
This class will cover designing and drawing your image, how to transfer it to a lino block, and best methods for proper carving to make a long-lasting and reusable stamp. Learn about traditional repeat patterns and how to print a large area with just one stamp. Your design could be a logo, pattern, words or a hand drawing.
Once your design is complete, you can stamp it all over a mini fabric banner, tea towel or recycled paper.