Student Showcase: Lino Printed Christmas Crackers
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Student Showcase: Lino Printed Christmas Crackers

Today I taught a wonderfully festive workshop at The Lodge in Blackhill and Consett Park, where everyone learned how to make lino printed Christmas crackers. I first taught everyone the basics of lino printing, how to use the tools and materials and also how to print. We then moved on to carving out the holly…

Student Showcase: six week lino printing course for beginners – week 4
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Student Showcase: six week lino printing course for beginners – week 4

This afternoon saw week 4 of a six week lino printing course that Iā€™m teaching for a wellbeing centre in Witton Gilbert. This week everyone started working on their own designs. With it coming up to Christmas, naturally the majority of the carvings had Christmas cards and themes in mind. There was also a lovely…

Student Showcase: six week lino printing course for beginners – week 3
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Student Showcase: six week lino printing course for beginners – week 3

This afternoon saw week 3 of a six week lino printing course that I’m teaching for a wellbeing centre in Witton Gilbert. This week we moved on to creating a large design, and also using a couple of extra U-blades. I also showed everyone how to print up a two colour piece using just one…

Student Showcase: Bargello embroidered Christmas ornament
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Student Showcase: Bargello embroidered Christmas ornament

I had the pleasure of meeting a lovely lady this morning on my bargello embroidered Christmas ornament workshop. I took her through the basics of bargello, starting by stitching a little practise piece, which she was then able to take home to finish, and which can be turned into a coaster. We then moved on…

Student Showcase: Six week lino printing course for beginners: week 2
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Student Showcase: Six week lino printing course for beginners: week 2

Week two of a six week lino printing course for a wellbeing centre in Witton Gilbert saw everyone working on an oak leaves and acorns design. I introduced a new carving blade, the V-blade, to get some fine detail into the carvings. We also had a play with mixing colours and creating gradients whilst printing….

Student Showcase: Celtic Knotwork for Beginners workshop
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Student Showcase: Celtic Knotwork for Beginners workshop

I had the pleasure of the company of two lovely ladies on my Introduction to Celtic Knotwork workshop this morning. We started from building the basics of a Celtic knot and then went on to learning how to use break lines to make more intricate designs. We then also had a quick look at creating…

Student Showcase: six week lino printing course for beginners – week 1
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Student Showcase: six week lino printing course for beginners – week 1

This afternoon I began teaching a lino printing course for beginners for a community wellbeing project in Witton Gilbert. It will take place every Friday up until mid-December. We started off by learning all about the tools and materials that we use, and carving out an abstract pattern to get used to the tools. Then…

Student Showcase: six week lino printing course for beginners – week six
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Student Showcase: six week lino printing course for beginners – week six

It was sad to finish this lino printing course this week, as I’ve really enjoyed teaching all the participants at a wellbeing centre in Durham. This week we had fun lino printing on fabric, which uses different printing inks and also I like to use a different method of inking up the lino. We printed…

Student Showcase: six week lino printing course for beginners – weeks 4 and 5
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Student Showcase: six week lino printing course for beginners – weeks 4 and 5

I can’t believe that we’re already 5 weeks into a six week lino printing course at a community centre in Durham. The weeks have just flown by! For the past two weeks, participants have been working on their own designs. Some drew designs themselves, some used my designs, some used clip art. Participants have also…

Student Showcase: six week lino printing course for beginners ā€“ week 3
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Student Showcase: six week lino printing course for beginners ā€“ week 3

Today was week 3 of a six week lino printing course for beginners for a community wellbeing project in Durham. This week I gave everyone my sketch of a tree, and we worked on carving out our backgrounds and paying attention to the direction in which the backgrounds were carved out. As you can see…

Student Showcase: Metal embossing – beginners
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Student Showcase: Metal embossing – beginners

This week I taught a metal embossing class for beginners. I showed everyone the basic techniques for creating a small metal embossed plaque, and everyone chose a design to work with and embellished it with their own little details. There was one more plaque created, but somehow I seem to have missed that one! Metal…