Introduction to Wood Engraving

Learn Wood Engraving!

Join Susan Yeates, an experienced tutor from Magenta Sky, for this online course that shows you how to create wood engravings.

This course is aimed at complete beginners to wood engraving or those who have tried other forms of relief printing such as linocut and woodcut and wish to expand their knowledge.

It provides a simple step-by-step guide to printing black and white (i.e. one colour) engravings.

The course explain about the tools you need, how to cut the block, how to ink it up and finally how to print.

What is Wood Engraving?

Wood engraving is a type of relief printing created by using a small piece of wood (the end-grain rather than the plank) that you cut into using very fine metal engraving tools. The material that is removed does not print, similar to linocut or woodcut.

Once the cuts have been made, the block is inked up using a roller and then printed onto paper. Printing a wood engraving can be done by hand without a printing press or using a book press or letterpress. Wood engraving is usually very fine and detailed. 

Who Is This Course For?

This online course is aimed at:

  • beginners to wood engraving
  • those who have mastered linocut and woodcut and want to try another (more detailed) relief printing technique
  • anyone who attended a short workshop and wants a more in-depth learning experience
  • art students studying a generic fine art course, or artists looking to experiment with new techniques and bring engraving into their work
  • great if you want to make hand printed cards and gifts to give to friends and family
  • anyone looking to find out more about wood engraving printmaking!

We accept students from all across the world, and as long as you have access to the internet, you can study whenever you want and wherever you want. We have no entry requirements and do not ask that you start at a particular time of the year – start when you want to!

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Want Access to all my Printmaking Courses?

In Printmaking 101, a NEW monthly payment option (membership), you gain full access to all my online courses in printmaking including this course in wood engraving. From specialist masterclasses to beginner courses - everything is here. You get to learn a multitude of techniques that you can study at your own pace including: monoprinting, collograph, linocut, woodcut, block printing, screenprinting, wood engraving and drypoint. This is a really affordable way to access EVERYTHING printmaking-related. Plus I also share monthly articles, videos and TIPS on printmaking topics - exclusively for Printmaking 101 members! 

Therefore you can either choose to access Block Printing for Beginners as a standalone online course for £40 or join the monthly subscription, and for £10.00 per month gain access to ALL my printmaking courses (including new ones as they are released). This is more than 12 online printmaking courses with a value of over £300!

Find out more below: 

Table of Contents

Module 1 - What is Wood Engraving
Module 2 - Books, Resources and Examples
Module 3 - Preparing and Cutting the Block
Module 4 - Printing
Module 5 - Projects
Thank you
What's Next

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 videos, text and downloadable PDF instructions. 

This online course can be enrolled on at any time of year and will get you producing wood engravings prints in no time at all.

The course also includes email support and a Student Facebook Support Group where you can share your work and ideas with other people, interact with your course tutor and join our printmaking community!

Once you have studied this course (which forms Module 12 of our longer Introduction to Printmaking course) there are plenty more printmaking techniques to try!

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About the Course Tutor

"My name is Susan and if you don’t know already, I am a printmaking tutor and published author of two printmaking related books: Learning Linocut (an Amazon no.1 bestseller!) and Learn to Earn from Printmaking. There is a third on the way in 2018/2019!

I set up my company 'Magenta Sky' in 2003, just after I left university as a part-time venture. It began as a way of selling my crafts and also teaching printmaking courses and workshops in various arts venues.

Since then I have expanded to teach more classes and workshops, including a unique online printmaking course ‘Introduction to Printmaking’. This online course is one of the modules from this longer online programme... This means that once you are hooked on wood engraving, there are plenty more techniques to try with me!

All of my current printmaking / craft books, my longer online course and my printmaking blog can be found on my website I look forward to you joining the course and creating some detailed wood engravings."

Susan Yeates Owner and Author, Magenta Sky

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

Do you teach courses in further printmaking techniques?

Yes we do! We have a range of online courses in other techniques such as woodcut, monoprinting and linocut as well as a longer online programme called 'Introduction to Printmaking'. Simply check out our website for more details.

Is this the same as woodcut?

Wood engraving is slightly different to woodcut in that it uses the end grain of the wood. i.e. cut across the tree (where the rings are) rather than along the plank. The tools used are a lot finer - more like mini chisels, rather than the big gouges used for linocut and woodcut. The overall technique is more detailed and fine - a great progression from linocut and woodcut as it will challenge your control and precision.

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