Reduction linocutting with Alexandra Buckle, 14/15 March

Reduction linocutting with Alexandra Buckle, 14/15 March

Spend two days learning this multi-colour relief printing method. This course is perfect for beginners or improvers. Work from any photograph, design or sketch – designs can be easily traced if you are not confident at drawing.

This course is taught by professional printmaker, Alexandra Buckle whose scenic reduction linocuts beautifully capture the light and colour of the landscape.

Reduction linocutting is a relief printing technique which involves cutting and printing several layers of colour from the same block of lino in order to build up an image, destroying the block in the process. It is a fascinating and rewarding process which wealds surprising and delightful results.

Over the two days you will be given a series of demonstrations that show you the key stages and principles of the technique enabling you to plan and print your design with the tutors’ guidance and support every step of the way.  You will be using soft cut vinyl type lino which is very easy to cut and print from and water based inks which are really easy to clean up and dry quickly.

You will leave with a small edition of multi-colour prints and a great sense of achievement!


DAY 1:


Introduction to reduction printing technique.

Design planning.

Aim to cut and print two layers.

Prints have chance to dry overnight.

DAY 2:


Cut and print final layers.

Review of final pieces and talk about how you could carry on at home.

This fun course includes:

  • Informal, relaxed & attentive guidance for every student, provided by Alexandra Buckle
  • Step-by-step demonstrations covering…
  • How to plan and design each layer of your print
  • How best to transfer your design to the lino
  • How to cut the design with interesting mark making and expression
  • How to correctly ink your lino
  • How to transfer the ink to the paper – hand burnishing
  • How to easily ensure that each layer of colour correctly lines up to create a crisp full colour design- registration
  • How to correctly title and sign your edition of prints when they are dry

Suitable for?

Anyone regardless of experience.

We generally limit the age to 14 years old+ though exceptions can be made where appropriate. Please contact James Ort and ask.

What is included in the price?

  • Two full days teaching (10am-4.00pm)
  • A printed course handout outlining the technique’s main principles
  • Soft cut lino, paper, water based ink
  • Tea, coffee, biscuits/cakes
  • Use of a beautiful, purpose built art studio with all the equipment & materials you will need
  • Beautiful countryside setting

This course is for you if:

  • You want to explore your creativity but lack the confidence to do so on your own
  • You want to get away from it all and immerse yourself in a fun, creative environment
  • You want to experiment with relief printmaking
  • You have tried lino before but found it difficult to cut or hard to print from
  • You have previously only tried relief printing with one colour
  • You want to try a new approach to creating a colour image

Pre course prep

If you have signed up for the course or are considering doing so then you just need to do a little preparation beforehand.  In a nutshell you need to collect reference material on which your print will be based. This could be a photograph you have taken, or a design sketch or painting that you wish to develop further. Anything will work well as a print as long as it is fairly bold and the detail is not too fiddly. If you are not confident at drawing, print something out the correct size so that you can trace, we will be working on lino which is 15x20cm.

You will be sent an automated email on booking which prompts you towards documents that help you prepare for your time here. If this does not happen then please email James before the course.

Need accommodation?

If you are travelling from further afield and would like to stay in the area for your visit then have a look at our recommend B&Bs and hotels.  Click here for the list.

Beyond The Course

Having completed a Phoenix Studio course many of our students choose to explore the medium further. They may come on another weekend course, start coming to our Creative Monday Sessions, evening sessions or carry on independently at home. We are more than happy to help and advise you in taking those first creative steps!

£180 for the whole weekend including your tuition and all of your lino materials


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Alexandra Buckle

Alexandra lives in Bicester and is a full time artist. She has a studio at home where she has honed her reduction linocut technique. She has exhibited at numerous exhibitions including being selected for the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition.

I’m really looking forward to teaching at the Phoenix Studio. I spent a lot of time in Towersey as a child, so it will feel like coming home!

Alexandra Buckle – Course Tutor

We get wonderful feedback from the people who attend this course.  Here are just a couple of testimonials:

Thank you so much for the workshop Alexandra . I really enjoyed it and it cleared up quite a few mysteries about reduction linocut for me!  You are a fabulous teacher as well as a very talented artist.


Thank you for such a lovely, informative and relaxed day, and for your hospitality…. It was a great day and we both benefited, even though it was Jill’s present. She was really chuffed… Thank you for your patient tuition and a great day well spent.


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