Linocut Masterclass: Handprinted Greetings Cards
Learn everything you need to know about linocutting and making cards!
This special masterclass with experienced artist, author and tutor Susan Yeates, teaches you everything that you need to know about creating your own greetings cards using linocut.
It covers the whole process in detail from preparing designs, to cutting the lino, inking and of course printing your finished cards.
Plus there are plenty of top tips, ways to find inspiration, advanced techniques (multiple colour prints), further projects and advice on tools and materials along the way. Suitable for beginners or anyone looking to make high-quality cards.
On this page you will find full information on what is covered in the course plus example videos and images from the masterclass itself.
Watch the video below for an introduction to this special masterclass...
What Does this Masterclass Cover?
This special masterclass is PACKED full of advice and practical demonstrations as I open up my home studio and show you my exact processes and techniques as a linocut artist. The course is broken down into six separate sections that each explain a stage of the process. Each section is further broken down into lessons and videos, which you can work through in order and tick off as you go along.
With detailed explanations and over-head videos of me actually preparing, cutting and printing, this really is the perfect class for those wishing to be truly proficient in Linocut.
By the end of the masterclass you will:
- Understand exactly what linocut is.
- Gain a thorough understanding of the tools and materials needed to handprint a greetings card using lino including some lino alternatives.
- Have a good idea of how to create a design for a greetings card.
- Be competent in transferring a design onto a block using carbon and tracing paper.
- Be competent in cutting the lino including knowledge of how to hold a linocutter and what cutting tools to select for different marks.
- Understand exactly how to ink a small linocut block using a roller.
- Know how to hand-burnish a piece of lino using a wooden spoon.
- Have created a registration board and know how to use it.
- Have created at least one single-colour linocut greetings cards (and hopefully plenty more!!)
- Be able to create a two-colour print.
- Have some fun greetings cards projects to work on and the knowledge to continue your linocut practice further.
This online course is fantastic and amazing value for money. I have learnt such a lot from it already.— Louise Chipp, November 2020 (via Facebook)
Video: Aims and Objectives of the Masterclass
Sample Tutorial - Video 4.2: Inking the Block
The video below is an example video from the course where I demonstrate inking up a simple linocut block ready for proof (test) printing.
I have been following 'Learning Linocut' for quite a while now and have always loved seeing Susan Yeates' linocut work and beautiful products pop up on my Instagram feed. When she recently released her new masterclass for linocutting I knew I had to join and learn more. I am so glad I did! The masterclass is full of amazing tips and knowledge with really well structured modules starting with the tools and basics, leading up to the advanced techniques. It made the whole process easy to follow along and a joy to watch. She goes into so much detail so you have a full understanding of linocutting, and the videos demonstrating everything were brilliant! I loved how she went into detail of the many ways you can be creative with your linocut too and shared a whole range of resources. The masterclass is brilliant and I highly recommend it. You can go at your own pace too as there is no deadline for accessing the course. Perfect! Five star rating from me.— Nicola Jane, November 2020
Table of Contents
Why Greetings Cards?
There is nothing more special than gifting someone a handmade card you have created from scratch yourself. This could be a birthday, a thank you or a special occasion such as Christmas or Valentines. Over the years I have held onto plenty of handmade cards from friends and family – whether they are pencil drawings, watercolour paintings or even linocuts, they are all incredibly special and carry fond memories.
I see greetings cards as pocket-sized pieces of art that can be small and simple to create as well as complex and detailed for more experienced printmakers. They are completely unique and in a world where we don’t send letters much any more and we buy so many things that are mass produced – a handmade card truly is something special.
For those people starting out with the technique of linocut, greetings cards can be a fantastic place to begin your learning as they are small, quick to create and less daunting than creating a full scale ‘piece of art.’ Cards can also be a fun way to experiment, with little or no pressure - if it goes ‘wrong’ never mind, just start again and create a new card.
Sample Video: Why I Love Greetings Cards
The video below talks you through exactly why I think greetings cards are amazing! This is another example video from the masterclass.
Who is this Course For?
This course is perfect for:
- Anyone looking to make high quality handprinted greetings cards using lino
- Beginners to the technique looking to get started
- Anyone who has been ‘dabbling’ with Linocut and wants a structured course to follow
- People looking for deeper insight into the tools and materials needed for linocutting
- Anyone wanting to see my own process as a linocut artist as I open up my home studio and sketchbooks and show you my methodology
- Those looking to gain a thorough understanding of single-coloured lino printing (and wanting a easy-to-follow introduction to two-colours)
- People looking for a new art or craft that can easily be done from home in a small space
- Anyone wanting to join a community of other linocut enthusiasts as we have a special 'Linocut Facebook Group' for this masterclass and all my linocut courses
About Me - Susan Yeates
My name is Susan Yeates and I am an artist, author, tutor and creative entrepreneur. I am passionate about linocut, creativity and inspiring others to make art.
I have written two books on linocutting including Amazon no. 1 bestsellers, Learning Linocut (2011) and Beginner’s Guide to Linocut (2019, Search Press.) I also have a third book about printmaking – Learn to earn from Printmaking, which discusses ways to make a little money from your art.
I spend my time as an artist mainly sketching, drawing, painting and creating linocuts. You will find my portfolio, sketchbook pages, blog and available products on my website www.magenta-sky.com
You will also find my regular doodles and creative endeavours on both my Facebook Page and Instagram account. Do come on over and follow me there.
As well as creating my own drawings and prints I love educating and sharing my knowledge – I have a number of e-courses tutoring beginners to drawing, sketching and printmaking. These include Sketching for Fun, Build a Daily Sketching Habit and Mindful Drawing and Doodling for Beginners and my very first online short course Learning Linocut. This beginners linocut course provides a basic introduction to linocut and shows you how to make a single coloured linocut print. It is a good companion course to this greetings card course, so do look out for it.
I am also a busy mama to a 3-year old budding artist, a pottery cafe owner (Fired Frog Pottery Cafe in Woking) and reading addict.
Why I Created this Masterclass...
I have created this special masterclass as I constantly get asked for information on linocut and online tuition. To help me shape this specific course, I created a detailed survey in September 2020 to get feedback from my followers and students on specifically what people wanted to learn and how they wanted to learn it.
A short online course that focusses on a single project, is pre-recorded so you can study at your own pace, doesn’t break the bank and yet covers some of the essentials into how to make linocuts is what came up top in the requests. I also had a lot of request for a longer more detailed course for multiple coloured prints… but that is for another day and another course!
In this fact-packed course I do aim to cover a LOT because I simply love sharing my knowledge on this subject and from the feedback I get from my two linocut books I know there are so many people out there interested In making linocut prints but don’t know where to start.
This whole course has been created filmed from my home studio where I live in Surrey in the UK. It is a small compact space and as I welcome you into my home and my studio I hope you have a lot of fun and learn a lot about linocut and making greetings cards.
Instant Access to Course Materials and Videos
By enrolling on the course, you gain instant access to the online learning portal where you will find all of your course materials and guidance. This includes explanatory videos with me, demonstration videos, written instructions, plenty of images, tips and suggestions.
This online course can be enrolled on at any time of year.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long do I have access to the course?
Forever! Once you've enrolled and paid, you'll have access to the course material for as long as you need. So devour it all in one weekend or take things slow. It's your choice!
What if I'm unhappy with my purchase?
Well, I would be sad. But if you're really unhappy with the course, just email me within 14 days to get a full refund.
I still have a question, how can I contact you?
I'd be happy to answer any questions you might have. Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is a Masterclass?
A masterclass is different to one of my normal courses as it is packed full of more content and information and really hones in on a specific project or technique. These are my most detailed and in depth courses on a subject.
What tools and materials do I need for this course?
A full materials list will be included as part of this course as will an in depth discussion (with videos) on specialist materials such as lino, cutting tools, inks and paper. After watching the videos you will be able to make informed decisions on what to buy. Essentially though you will need paper (or card), lino, cutting tools, inks and a roller as well as basic art materials such as pencils, tracing paper, carbon paper, masking tape, a wooden spoon and some pens.