Add To Your WishlistChristmas Card Printing Workshop

Add To Your WishlistChristmas Card Printing Workshop

Christmas Card Printing

- a longer workshop that includes metallic inks and more cards!

Make your own handprinted Christmas cards, using linocut techniques! You will be working on one 10x10cm square or A6 card design, and I will guide you through all the steps from planning, transferring, carving and proofing, to printing your design. You'll be in the friendly environment of my kitchen studio, with tea/coffee and biscuits/mince pies provided to fuel your festive creativity.

I have vintage books and illustrations for inspiration, but please feel free to bring along your own sketches. You will be working with traditional art linoleum, professional carving tools, handprinting tools and a Victorian cast-iron printing press. There will be coloured paper for printing, and the metallic inks are going to come out to add some extra sparkle to your cards!

You will make several prints of your design, and the course includes 20 card blanks and envelopes so you can assemble your own Christmas cards at home once your prints have dried. You will also be able to use our carved lino block to handprint more cards at home. * your prints will likely take a few days to dry thoroughly, as we will be working with professional oil-based inks. I will wrap them securely in tissue paper and provide instructions on drying at home*

No printmaking experience is required, and people of all ages and artistic abilities are welcome. Even if you think you can't draw, you WILL be able to print!  I can adapt my course for family groups with older children and special educational needs. If you have any access needs, please do contact me and I will do my best to adapt my equipment to your requirements. All materials provided, but please not that I don't supply any tools to take home.

What to bring: 

You are very welcome to bring your own designs / sketches, and there are vintage books and illustrations here for for inspiration should you need it.  If you already own carving tools it's a good idea to bring these along so you learn new skills with familiar tools as well as those used in the workshop.  Please wear old clothes or a craft apron, because ink does get everywhere! I will provide tea, coffee and biscuits but please being your own packed lunch.

The Practicalities: 

Days: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and occasionally Saturdays - we'll arrange a day to suit

Time: 9:30 am to 3pm (5.5 hours)

Location:  central Maidstone, Kent (address will be provided upon booking)
Parking: Free parking on the road (please allow time to find parking spaces).  
Refreshments: Tea / coffee / biscuits provided throughout the workshop. Please bring your own lunch.