"The artist...is also a born adventurer. His explorations, unlike those of a tourist, are rewarded by the discovery of beauty spots unmentioned in the guide books, and with tireless curiosity and an exceptional proneness to wonderment, he will come upon objects of remarkable interest overlooked or even shunned by more disciplined observers."

Augustus John, R.A.

Monday, 25 February 2013

I've spent this last weekend teaching a very enjoyable linocut workshop at Alan Birchs' studio over in Rossendale.

I thought that in two days it should be possible for everyone to complete a two or three colour print. That was the plan when I started on saturday morning. However, why change the habits of a lifetime, after half an hour the plan went out of the window and from doing straight forward two and three colour prints we got a bit more ambitious.

We tried blending colours.

 Guess who the one is with nothing to show after two days work!!

We printed with both a baren using the registration jig

and used a press.

Printed a five colour reduction print

and a six colour one,

tried some complicated cutting

and more abstract stylised designs.

This is really impressive work from a group of students making their first reduction linocuts and I would like to thank all who took part with so much enthusiasam for making it such an enjoyable experience. Thanks also to Loraine and Chris for the photos.

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