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Masterclass in Multiple Block Relief Printing

With Kevin Holdaway : Saturday 9th June 2018

Everyone can relate to a relief print in some way and we all have a certain level of understanding of the technique. Whether it is by trying a linocut process at school or even just the humble potato print, the principle is the same, you are cutting into a flat surface and inking up the relief surface left. You do not need any highly technical equipment just a flat surface for inking and a roller for the application of the ink. As this is one of my favourite techniques I am sure you will enjoy the day.

Relief printing has many possibilities and we will be concentrating on the multiple block method. A design is put onto four different blocks, in register, and we will use the four separation colours of cyan, magenta, yellow and black CMYK. Because we are using four separate blocks, one for each transparent colour we will learn about created colour where the blocks overlap layering the transparent colour on top of each other. This method does not mean you will be destroying the lino and will be able to recreate editions in the future.   

You will be taught how to prepare the block, transfer your image in register onto the four surfaces, cut the surface away, mix transparent ink, ink the block, print in register and be shown how you can continue printing at home without the use of a press.

Rough schedule for the day will be:

10:00 Brief introduction and explanation, examples of relief prints and blocks, tea and coffee served.

10:20  Demonstration on preparation of block, transferring the image and starting to cut the design.

10:45 Practical session for you to prepare your blocks as shown above.

11:15 Printing demonstration in mixing transparent inks, inking up the blocks, paper registration and using the presses.

11:45 Practical session where you will print your blocks.

16:00 Approximate end of the session. (This can be later depending on student and  workshop availability).

There will be a nipping press to use during the day, though wooden spoons and barens are available. You will need to bring with you an image containing the basic four colours of a separation (CMYK) and their combinations of overlaps (orange, green, purple and brown etc).  Because we are cutting and printing four blocks, the design size should be 4 inches x 5,5 inches as this will be the size of the lino supplied. An apron will be useful too. If this is a follow up session with me then please bring your tools from the previous class, there will be other tools that can be used.I will supply you with some notes including a supplier list.

Please bring lunch with you, but tea/coffee  and biscuits will be provided throughout the day.