Bold Linocut Design in Three Steps

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Bold Linocut Design in Three Steps


Flow from photo, to sketch, to bold design and hone your composition skills

The key to a great linocut print starts with design. This workshop focus is on how shapes can describe light and shadow. We will begin by exploring the compositional choices behind Vallotton’s 19th Century woodcut prints, then using our discoveries, create three types of compositions ready to transfer to a linoleum block or woodblock. 

If you want to learn how to simplify your images, or never worry about “working in reverse” when planning a linocut, this workshop is for you! 

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In this workshop we will:

  • study and reverse-engineer Felix Vallotton’s compositions for surprising results

  • use multiple sources for inspiration such as drawings and photographs

  • create three bold design flats using light and shadow, pattern, and interesting shapes

As a result of this workshop, you will know how to:

  • modify the tone and feel of any drawing

  • employ efficient strategies for creating design flats for linoleum blocks including quick measuring, cutting and pasting, and on-the-fly image correcting

  • conquer the dreaded “how do I do this in reverse?” feeling when planning your print

  • creating an image flat for ready-for- transfer onto a lino block or woodblock

Participants take home:

  • three image flats, ready to transfer to a linoblock

  • resource guide with printable images and guides

Note: This is a design-centric workshop, therefore we will not carve or print.

All materials and material costs included in workshop cost

Workshop location: Cubberley Community Center Room U-4

4000 Middlefield Rd.

Palo Alto, CA, 94303