Yesterday I took part in a lino cutting taster class at Walford Mill with resident printmaker Robin Mackenzie. Robin specialises in illustration and printmaking of the wood engraving and linocut variety and is just an all-round tip top bloke and jolly good egg.
We started off the class by flipping through some print books for ideas of texture and mark making. Robin welcomes complete newbies to his classes (which is just as well as we nearly all were!); I've done a little bit of lino printing before but nothing to get excited about. Everyone brought a photo or sketch to work from but we were provided with all the other essential equipment we needed:
Once we'd all sketched out our compositions and were happy with the design, we proceeded to draw it onto the lino with marker ready for cutting. As it dried, we used small practice pieces to try out different marks with the cutting tools, here was mine: